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Major Differences Between Live Bingo And Online Bingo
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Online gaming has been very popular with people who love the fun and entertainment and enjoy playing games at the comfort of their homes. The flexibility, comfort and convenience as well as the excitement to win money through gambling sites has been main causes behind the popularity of the casinos. With the rapid advancements in the field of information technology and surge in popularity of online gambling many gambling companies have emerged and established themselves to meet the needs and requirements of people. Gambling from being just a part time game for some small group of people has turned to be a very lucrative business in form of gambling with the industry grossing the turnover of over 84 billion in 2007. This is attributed due to many forms of online gambling which caters to the needs and preferences of many people. Gambling can be enjoyed in many different forms such as poker, casinos, sports betting, Bingo, lotteries, horse race betting and In-play Gambling. Online Bingo has been very popular with the people in United Kingdom and United States. There are many regular halls in US, UK, Australia, parts of South America and Europe where bingo lovers enjoy the game. However there are many differences between playing live bingo. Live bingo can not match the consistency of the bingo as they are region specific and the rules may alter with the change in the region. The biggest difference between live and bingo is the amount of spaces that occupy a card. Besides these, there is very less probability of making mistakes or errors while playing online which is not true in live bingos. Furthermore online bingo offers round the clock play, deposit bonuses, loyalty rewards, free bonus games, chat room rapport, and chat box games which can not be enjoyed in the live game. Players of can play the side games or chat with each other while playing the game which can not be seen in live game. With the different forms of casino games available such as video poker, slots, scratch offs, and others players can enhance the game experience and enjoy the game to its utmost. Online Bingo is getting to be more and more popular with each passing day and the numbers of players are steadily increasing. Game is just the natural progression of a classic gambling game and is presently in its golden period due to its flexibility, convenience and charismatic appeal.

Legality of Internet Gambling in The US
posted by soxix soxix on August 28th, 2020 5:17 AM

Internet wagering in the US has had a long and https://www.cemeku.vip">storied history, even though the industry has been around for less than two decades. In 2006, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act became law. This law restricted use of payment systems for online gamblers from the US. At that time, many online casinos blocked Americans rather than risking getting in trouble with the US federal government. That didn't exactly stop Americans from gambling online, or casinos from advertising to them. Casinos and individuals developed work-arounds that allowed the practice to continue in an American "shadow" online gaming community. However, on July 28, a bill to legalize online gambling, sponsored by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) was passed out of the House Financial Service Committee, allowing the US Treasury Department to regulate and license internet betting. A companion bill would allow the Internal Revenue Service to tax the businesses and the winnings of gamblers. A press release from the House Financial Services Committee said that the legislation would "enable Americans to bet online and put an end to an inappropriate interference with their personal freedom." The next step is for the bill to go before the full House of Representatives, but many fear that won't happen with important mid-term elections coming up. Bottom line is that there is no way to predict when or how all the i's will be dotted and the t's crossed in the move to fully legalize online betting by Americans. Momentum is clearly shifting toward acceptance and legalization, but in today's political climate, who can say when anything will be finally signed into law? So what does an American do if they want to gamble online? What most people do is simply try their credit card at the casino where they want to play. About three quarters of the time, it will go through. At many of the casinos where your credit card will not be accepted, there are alternate methods for gaining access, such as purchase of prepaid cards. There are also "e-wallet" services" that accept credit cards. The e-wallet funds are then used in the online casinos. Some e-wallet services also accept transfers from bank accounts. In the US, there are no crackdowns on people betting online. Although several states have passed laws for online betting, those laws generally prohibit accepting bets, not placing them. In other words, the laws are aimed at the casinos and not the players. With the push for fully legalizing online gambling in the US gaining momentum, it is highly unlikely that you would ever be arrested for using an online casino in the US. If you live in another country, however, you should make doubly sure that you know the laws where you live. For example, in August 2010, South Africa made it illegal to gamble online or to operate an online betting business there. This appears to be a fairly serious crackdown, too. If you're a South African, educate yourself before you risk getting into legal trouble for online gambling. Most of the world has an openness to online betting, and it looks like eventually the US will formally join the rest of the world in this. In the meantime, Americans will continue to enjoy online betting, and will likely breathe easier due to the legislative progress being made in Congress.

Legality of Internet Gambling in The US
posted by soxix soxix on August 28th, 2020 5:17 AM

Internet wagering in the US has had a long and https://www.cemeku.vip">storied history, even though the industry has been around for less than two decades. In 2006, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act became law. This law restricted use of payment systems for online gamblers from the US. At that time, many online casinos blocked Americans rather than risking getting in trouble with the US federal government. That didn't exactly stop Americans from gambling online, or casinos from advertising to them. Casinos and individuals developed work-arounds that allowed the practice to continue in an American "shadow" online gaming community. However, on July 28, a bill to legalize online gambling, sponsored by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) was passed out of the House Financial Service Committee, allowing the US Treasury Department to regulate and license internet betting. A companion bill would allow the Internal Revenue Service to tax the businesses and the winnings of gamblers. A press release from the House Financial Services Committee said that the legislation would "enable Americans to bet online and put an end to an inappropriate interference with their personal freedom." The next step is for the bill to go before the full House of Representatives, but many fear that won't happen with important mid-term elections coming up. Bottom line is that there is no way to predict when or how all the i's will be dotted and the t's crossed in the move to fully legalize online betting by Americans. Momentum is clearly shifting toward acceptance and legalization, but in today's political climate, who can say when anything will be finally signed into law? So what does an American do if they want to gamble online? What most people do is simply try their credit card at the casino where they want to play. About three quarters of the time, it will go through. At many of the casinos where your credit card will not be accepted, there are alternate methods for gaining access, such as purchase of prepaid cards. There are also "e-wallet" services" that accept credit cards. The e-wallet funds are then used in the online casinos. Some e-wallet services also accept transfers from bank accounts. In the US, there are no crackdowns on people betting online. Although several states have passed laws for online betting, those laws generally prohibit accepting bets, not placing them. In other words, the laws are aimed at the casinos and not the players. With the push for fully legalizing online gambling in the US gaining momentum, it is highly unlikely that you would ever be arrested for using an online casino in the US. If you live in another country, however, you should make doubly sure that you know the laws where you live. For example, in August 2010, South Africa made it illegal to gamble online or to operate an online betting business there. This appears to be a fairly serious crackdown, too. If you're a South African, educate yourself before you risk getting into legal trouble for online gambling. Most of the world has an openness to online betting, and it looks like eventually the US will formally join the rest of the world in this. In the meantime, Americans will continue to enjoy online betting, and will likely breathe easier due to the legislative progress being made in Congress.

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Practical Advice: Fireworks & Pets, esp Those Gone Missing
posted by Kathleen Ensey on June 30th, 2014 10:02 PM
Neighbors, This year's annual 4th fireworks display has been relocated from downtown to Circuit of the Americas. This change will more than likely create an even greater occurrence of neighborhood fireworks, which are illegal within the city limits and harmful for your pets. The Goal? To keep beloved pets safe before the "pop-pop-pop or BOOMs begin. If not, a pet can escape, roam frantically and possibly get hurt or taken to an animal shelter, where it will take up kennel space for animals who really have no home --- recently the daily overpopulation at Austin Animal Center has risen to over 100 canines and 25+ felines. So our efforts to keep our dogs & cats safely at home, also helps our shelter and its monthly No Kill goal. What's a pet guardian to do? 1 - Learn from Missing Pet Partnership experts' advice - see links below 2 - Circulate any of attached graphics to raise awareness with family, friends & neighbors PROACTIVE MEASURES 1. Identification Microchip Remember you can get your pet microchipped for FREE at Austin Animal Center - takes 5-10 minutes max http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/recovery-tips/prevention/ Not sure your pet is microchipped? Have vet scan and provide the chip number to you. Or if you already know the number, check here to make sure your contact details are up to date: http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/ Tags & Collar Check to make sure all tags are securely attached to the collar. Check to make sure collar fits - two fingers should fit underneath the collar Add name and contact details in permanent pen on inside of fabric collar 2. Lost Pet Kit Take photos of pet -- full body and head closeup Take photos of all of pet's tags Create draft Lost Pet flier - see MPP advice Confirm current contact details with former vet, new vet & microchip company No time to do it? Get your kids involved -- they'll love doing it -then you can check their work 3. Your Home and Property Check door latches, gates and fences for good working condition Review with family members the reason for extra caution during this time of year 4. Create Calm via Your Pet's Main Senses: Smell-Dogs Only: Austin entrepreneur, My Peaceful Paws: http://www.mypeacefulpaws.com/Shop.html Fresh blend of essential oils applied to dog's pawpads, neck and/or chest. Sound-Cats & Dogs: US Entrepreneur, Through A Dog's Ear: http://throughadogsear.com/10-safety-tips-for-dogs-during-fireworks/ http://throughadogsear.com/fireworks-what-fireworks/ Sight-Cats & Dogs: Leave lights on where pet will be to lessen flashes of brightness created by fireworks REACTIVE MEASURES ***NOTE*** Dogs can travel up to 100 miles on their own;however, cats remain close by -- 3 to 5 house radius. Please do yourself a favor & focus your efforts by reading this info before conducting your search: http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/recovery-tips/probability-categories/ http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/recovery-tips/lost-cat-behavior/ http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/recovery-tips/lost-dog-behavior/ OnSite Posting/Physical: http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/recovery-tips/how-to-tag-your-car/ http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/recovery-tips/posters-5555/ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kP6rXzvFrmk Online Posting or Searching/Electronic Yes, there are many websites but stick locally to focus your energies http://austin.craigslist.org/laf/ http://austin.craigslist.org/pet/ Neighborhood email groups, inc surrounding neighborhoods City shelter's Twitter: @austinanimals , Updated every 30 minutes with animals coming into the shelter Telephone: 1 - Pet's microchip company 2 - Pet's current vet, your former vet & if different, vet who administered rabies vaccination 3 - All five of local Emergency Vets -- you can send a photo to them Animal Emergency Hospital of Austin 512.459.4336 4106 North Lamar 78756 AM/PM Animal Hospital 512.448.2676/AMPM 2239 South Lamar 78704 Emergency Animal Hospital – north 512.331.6121 12034 Research Ste 8 78759 Emergency Animal Hospital – south 512.899.0955 4434 Frontier Trail 78745 Animal Emergency Clinic 512.671.6252 2000 N Mays Ste #112 Round Rock 7866 4 - Shelters: Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop 78702 http://g.co/maps/ucj7n Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter - 1855 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown, TX 78626 512.943.3322 Pflugerville Animal Shelter - 1600 Waterbrook Drive Pflugerville TX 78660 512.990.PETS/7387 4 - Rescue groups, esp ones matching your pet's breed ***NOTE*** You CANNOT file a LOST pet report with the city of Austin yet .... You CAN file a FOUND pet report via 311 Find a Panicked Loose Pet? http://throughadogsear.com/fireworks-what-fireworks/ http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/recovery-tips/panicked-pets/ Check out MPP's FB page and/or website for more excellent guidance: https://www.facebook.com/missingpetpartnership http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/ A little proactivity goes a long way - thanks for reading and caring! Dolly Ensey, Proactive Redemptor Getting them home, 4 paws at a time
Mueller Farmers' Market: Begins Sunday September 9!
posted by Betsy on August 23rd, 2012 4:49 PM
Woohoo!!! more details from Brian's press release - Mueller Farmers' Market Set to Open Sunday, September 9700-acre Sustainable Community Welcomes Public to New Sunday Farmers' Market Featuring Over 40 Texas VendorsAustin mixed-use urban village Mueller and TexasFarmersMarket.org are collaborating to bring a new farmers’ market to East Austin. The Mueller Farmers' Market will launch on Sunday, September 9 at Mueller's historic Browning Hangar off Airport Boulevard. Over 40 Texas vendors will sell local seasonal produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and specialty foods every Sunday from 10 AM to 2 PM.Opening day at Mueller Farmers' Market will feature a variety of celebratory promotions, including cooking demonstrations by local chefs, live local music from The Inheritance and free yoga courtesy of East Side Yoga. The family-friendly market will also offer a farm animal petting zoo including "Oreo" the Texas longhorn, pony rides, storytelling from Be Groovy, Be Green and face painting as part of the kick off event."We are so happy to bring the Mueller and surrounding communities neighborhoods their owna farmers' market worthy of their culinary and local sensibilities," said proprietor Carla Jenkins. "The vision of our nonprofit is to bring together the community to learn about fresh, local foods and nutrition as well as afford our central Texas farmers direct to consumer sales opportunities. Without this community support, many small farmers would have to give up farming and farmland.”Jenkins added, “When visiting Mueller, you'll see people walking, biking, pushing strollers and walking their dogs on the trails. We can hardly wait to see these same people walking and biking to their new farmers' market each Sunday. And, Mueller is just two miles from the University and three miles from downtown Austin, making the Mueller Farmers’ Market a convenient location for Central Austin folks to also take part."“This new farmers’ market is a welcome addition to the entire area,” said Greg Weaver, executive vice president of Catellus Development, the master developer of Mueller. “Having a central location in East Austin offering a variety of local growers is a great match for Mueller’s vision. This farmers’ market is certain to be a popular destination for all of Austin.”Join the Mueller Farmers' Market every Sunday for local and seasonal produce, meats, gulf seafood, farm eggs, chicken, lamb, beef, olive oil, wine, honey, dairy, bakery and artisan prepared foods from a variety of Texas vendors, including:Farmers and Ranchers:Countryside Farm (Cedar Creek, TX)Engel Farms (Fredericksburg, TX)Fresh Pastures Farm (Taylor, TX)Johnson's Backyard Garden (Austin, TX)Hairston Creek Farm (Burnet, TX)Kitchen Pride Mushroom Farm (Gonzales, TX)McCall Creek Farms / Itz Garden (Blanco, TX)McGreary Ranch (Hood County, TX) Microbial Earth (Austin, TX) OrganiCare Farms (Taylor, TX)Round Rock Honey (Round Rock, TX)RRR Farm (Bastrop, TX) Texas Hill Country Olive Company (Dripping Springs, TX) Winters Family Beef (Brady, TX)Food Artisans:Buddha's Brew Kombucha (Austin, TX)Cake and Spoon (Austin, TX) Granola Mama (Cedar Park, TX)Kala's Kusine (Austin, TX)LaLa's Lemonade (Austin, TX)Mom & Pops All Natural Frozen Pops (Austin, TX)Moonshine Sweet Tea (Lago Vista, TX)Pogue Mahone Pickles (Austin, TX)Poochie Trends Pet Boutique & Bakery (Leander, TX)Lamba's Royal Indian Food (Austin, TX)Sweetish Hill Bakery (Austin, TX)Tamale Place (Austin, TX)The Yogurt FactoryCheese Vendors:Dos Lunas Artisan Cheese (Austin, TX)Mill-King Market & Creamery (McGregor, TX)Pure Luck Dairy (Dripping Springs, TX) Specialty Vendors:East Austin Succulents (Austin, TX)Flat Creek Estate Winery & Vinyard (Marble Falls, TX)K&S Seafood (Austin, TX)Maria Rendez CottonSouth Austin People Soap (Austin, TX)Terra Wear (Austin, TX) Texas Sake Company (Austin, TX)Tiger's Eye JewelryThroughout the seasons, Mueller Farmers' Market will organize events to help increase access to fresh, locally grown food, promote neighborhood restaurants with local menu items and create an enjoyable, safe community event that brings people together. In addition, the market will bring music and family activities to each market day. Stay tuned to http://www.TexasFarmersMarket.org for Mueller Farmers' Market updates and breaking market news as well as via the market's Facebook and Twitter profiles:http://www.facebook.com/muellerfarmersmarkethttp://twitter.com/muellerfarmmktAbout Texas Farmers' Market: F2M Texas is a non-profit corporation seeking to provide Texas farmers and ranchers with beneficial direct-marketing opportunities and provide citizens in Central Texas communities with a wide variety of locally-produced foods in convenient locations. In addition, the corporation seeks to educate the public about nutritional, economic, environmental, and social implications of eating seasonally and locally. In addition to the Mueller Farmers' Market, F2M Texas runs the Cedar Park Farmers Market, voted American Farmland Trust's "Favorite Farmers Market in Texas" in 2010 and named as one of the "Top 20 Favorite Large Farmers Markets in the U.S." in 2011.
Austin Girls Choir Madrigal Dinner - Saturday, March 3rd
posted by MuellerFan on February 23rd, 2012 2:11 PM
http://www.girlschoir.com/upcoming-performances/ Tickets are now on sale for Austin Girls’ Choir’s 9th annual Madrigal Dinner! Join us Saturday, March 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Great Hall at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 2140 Allandale Road (78756). This fun musical dinner theatre experience takes you to Merry Olde England to dine with milord’s court! Enjoy the tangled web of court intrigue – with a few magical twists! Family-friendly drama, full meal, fine music. Herald-announced seating of guests and prelude concert at 6:00, play starts at 6:30. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended, as this event often sells out ahead of the date. Nobles’ seats $25, Gallery seating $15 (all ages). (512) 453-0884 for credit card ticket orders, or mail checks to Austin Girls’ Choir at P.O. Box 4026, Austin, TX 78765. We look forward to our 9th annual madrigal dinner, a large production that includes adult theatrical talent, instrumentalists and loads of a cappella madrigals in 3- and 4-part harmony! Most of our tickets are sold in advance, and seating is on a first-come basis. Nobles sit at tables by the head table (where most of the theatrical action occurs), while Gallery audience is seated further back. Our younger girls double as serving wenches, bringing your dinner between songs. Dinner is chicken, potato, green beans and dessert; beverages are iced tea, lemonade or water. Audience members are warmly welcomed to attend in costume if they wish, and certain guests may have the opportunity to spend a few minutes in the pillory! Austin Girls' Choir is a top-tier performing choir well known throughout the United States and Europe for its high standards and level of excellence. Founded in 1990 by Artistic Director Sara Burden-McClure, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serves girls age 8-18 from Austin and surrounding communities. The Choir contains a three-level Junior Choir for girls age 8-14 and a Senior Ensemble for advanced singers age 13-18. Annual domestic tours have taken AGC to the San Francisco and Chicago areas, American East Coast, Southwest and Gulf Coast. AGC’s Tour Ensemble enjoyed singing for the President at the White House as part of a 14-concert East Coast tour in June 2008. A Colorado concert tour is planned for June 2012. Past European tours include England, France, Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic. The Choir made its New York debut in March 1996, singing at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and at Carnegie Hall. AGC has been featured on CNN news stories twice, on C-SPAN, and has had a concert carried live by BBC Radio. At home, Austin Girls' Choir has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Lyric Opera, Ballet Austin, Heralds & Minstrels, the Balcones Community Orchestra and Austin Choral Symposia. The Choir has appeared on many Austin newscasts, is featured annually at Galveston’s Dickens on The Strand, and has performed several times at the request of the Governor of Texas.
Dream Dinners-June Menu
posted by mab on June 8th, 2011 9:07 PM
Picnics, vacations, or eating at home is much simpler in the summer months with Dream Dinners, and as a Mueller resident, you can have your dinners assembled and delivered right to your door at no additional cost (a $35 value). When you buy in bulk you save Best Value! - Order 72 total servings and you automatically qualify for our Volume Reward of $30 off your total. Dinners may be a mix of 3 or 6 serving sizes. The smaller dinners work great for couples, retirees or small families, while our 6 serving dinners are perfect for those with larger families or hearty appetites, plus there is no waste. Order what you need, prepare it when you are ready and there are no worries about raw ingredients languishing in the refrigerator. June Menu: M&J’S BONELESS PORK CHOP BURGER WITH SWEET POTATO FRIES Flavors reminiscent of your traditional corner BBQ stand make these pork chops sing! Smokey, tangy, rich sauce smothers our boneless pork chops served in hamburger buns with a topping of shredded cabbage, carrots and onion. A humdinger in under 20 minutes - stovetop or get out the grill! 6-Serving 33.49 3-servings 17.49 STEAKS WITH ROASTED RED PEPPER & HERB BUTTER Oh yum! Basil, tarragon, garlic and fire roasted red peppers, with a splash of balsamic, round out a smooth red pepper herb butter that takes your steaks up a notch with big flavor! Ready in less than 15 minutes. 6-Serving 33.49 3-servings 17.49 DIABLO CHICKEN WITH SPANISH RICE Go south-of-the border and go as spicy as you dare! Customize our succulent dinner with a combination of limes, garlic and cayenne, smothering our all natural chicken breasts. This figure friendly recipe packs a punch of flavor. Serve with our Spanish style rice layered with salsa and cheese. Easy on the stovetop in 30 minutes! 6-Serving 26.99 3-servings 13.99 BEEF SKEWERS WITH PEANUT DIPPING SAUCE Our sirloin kabobs are tender and flavorful whether you choose to cook them on the grill or broil them in the oven. We infuse the beef with the flavors of garlic, onion, lime and chilies. Skewer and grill on the bamboo skewers (provided) and serve with our delicious peanut dipping sauce for a treat the whole family will enjoy. 6-Serving 33.49 3-servings 17.49 CITRUS MARINATED FISH TACOS Tender white cod fillets are marinated in a light, colorful citrus sauce, grilled and served in tortillas with pico de gallo and zesty sour cream. Grill or broil 6-10 minutes. 6-Serving 31.49 3-servings 16.49 TERIYAKI BURGER WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA Aloha! Mix an infusion of seasonings and sesame seeds into our lean ground beef and add a savory teriyaki glaze. Top burgers with pineapple salsa and serve on a sesame seed bun. Sure to add sizzle to your dinner time in under 30 minutes! 6-Serving 28.99 3-servings 15.49 CRISPY FRENCH ONION CHICKEN Huge menu hit! All natural chicken breasts are moistened with a sauce of worcestershire sauce, garlic and olive oil, coated in our crispy French onion crust and easily baked in about 30 minutes. 6-Serving 22.49 3-servings 11.99 CREAMY TORTELLINI WITH BACON A real crowd pleaser, these Italian cheese filled tortellini are simmered in a creamy marinara sauce with bacon crumbles and tender peas (or leave out the bacon for a delicious vegetarian meal)! It’s a quick, wholesome dinner or an excellent potluck offering. Your guests or family will enjoy every creamy bite! Easy on the stove in 20-25 minutes. 6-Serving 29.99 3-servings 15.99 BUFFALO RANCH CHICKEN A healthier version of an American favorite! Boneless, skinless, all natural chicken breasts are flavored with a mild Buffalo wing marinade, then grilled or broiled and glazed with a kicked up lite Ranch dressing, finished with a sprinkling of Gorgonzola cheese. Customize your spiciness. Grill or oven bake in under 20 minutes. 6-Serving 21.49 3-servings 11.49 BRUSCHETTA CHICKEN In classic Italian style, chopped tomatoes, garlic, basil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and spices are blended into our delicious bruschetta topping. Healthy and super fast, this dish makes a colorful family entrée or party appetizer! Oven bake 50 minutes. 6-Serving 21.49 3-servings 11.49 BBQ SHRIMP & RICE Sweet, tender shrimp are combined with fresh lemons and home-made barbecue sauce made of butter, chili sauce, garlic and a wonderful mixture of herbs and spices. Rounded out with rice, you can now compete from home with Bubba Gump! 30 minutes to table. 6-Serving 31.49 3-servings 16.49 SUMMERTIME PASTA WITH CHICKEN The fresh taste of summer fills this chicken and pasta dish. You’ll love the flavors and ease of chicken mixed with lemon, garlic, capers, fresh green onion, herbs and pasta. Our precooked pasta allows you to simply blend and bake in just 30 minutes! No boiling water and draining of pasta needed! 6-Serving 26.99 3-servings 13.99 BUILD YOUR OWN CALZONES Super popular! Our 12” calzones can be customized to please everyone in the family! Create your own masterpiece wrapped up in pizza dough, cooked to a golden brown, and served with warm marinara sauce. Choose from: Canadian bacon, chicken, pepperoni, sausage, cheese, olives, red onions, pineapple, and mushrooms. 6-Serving 28.99 3-servings 15.49 KUNG PAO CHICKEN WITH JASMINE RICE This blast of colorful fresh green onions, red peppers, fresh carrots, baby corn and peanuts, all stir-fried together with generous pieces of tender chicken breast, is gorgeous! Add our Dream Dinners stir-fry sauce and pair it with the traditional, delicate flavor of Jasmine rice. Easy on the stovetop in 25-30 minutes. 6-Serving 28.99 3-servings 15.49 CHINESE BBQ PORK WITH MANDARIN CITRUS VEGETABLES Just like your favorite Chinese restaurant, only better because you made it! Traditional marinade seeps into slices of our pork loin infusing the meat with distinctive color and flavors. We will even send you home with the classic dipping trio of ketchup, sesame seeds and hot mustard. Excellently paired with our Mandarin Citrus Vegetables. 6-Serving 33.49 GRILL HOUSE STEAKS Steakhouse style in your own home. Our lean, juicy steaks are seasoned with a sassy grill rub using our secret ingredient: smoked paprika. Order several and invite the neighbors over for a summer BBQ! Ready in about 20 minutes 6-Serving 33.49 ST. LOUIS SMOKEHOUSE RIBS (2 SLABS) These ribs are open pit smoked to give you that fall-off-the-bone tenderness you’re always looking for! Just grill or heat them up in the oven and serve at your next family gathering. They are ready to go! 6-Serving 36.99 For more information about Dream Dinners, please view our website at http://www.dreamdinners.com or feel free to contact me at sunsetvalleyhometx@dreamdinners.com (or send me a PM) . Bon Appetit! Marge Bailey owner, Sunset Valley Dream Dinners and Mueller resident
Trader Joes coming to Texas....
posted by Ashley on May 3rd, 2011 9:45 AM
The article requires a subscription, so here is the full text. Article:Trader Joe’s has finally set its sights on Texas.The hip grocer, whose nationwide fan base circles its buildings for grand openings and travels to stock up on its private-label groceries, is looking at multiple locations in Dallas, Houston and Austin.The first store is expected to open in Dallas within the year, and the initial rollout will include 10 stores in Texas.“Dallas, and frankly the entire state of Texas, is a place we’ve wanted to be for a long time,” said Trader Joe’s spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki.In recent years, Trader Joe’s aggressive expansion has skipped Texas. It operates more than 350 stores in 29 states from coast to coast. The company has 169 stores in California, where it’s based near Los Angeles in Monrovia.When management decides to enter a market, Trader Joe’s opens several stores. It entered Chicago in 2000 and now has 18 stores there. Atlanta and its suburbs have six, and Charlotte, N.C., has three stores.“We are a company that grows in a very controlled and thoughtful way in order to maintain the Trader Joe’s customer experience,” Mochizuki said.Trader Joe’s is “actively looking for sites, and we’re anxious to identify some great locations and begin hiring,” she said. The chain is looking both within the city limits and at suburban locations.The privately owned company had sales last year of $8.5 billion, ranking it 21st on Supermarket News’ annual list of largest U.S. grocers. About 80 percent of its foods are private-label groceries. It brags that its offerings do not contain artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.Current specials include two 8-ounce frozen “American Style Kobe Beef Burgers” for $5.99 and a 15-ounce package of Trader Jose’s Chicken Asada for $5.99. The witty labeling includes Asian recipes from Trader Ming’s and French offerings from Trader Jacques.One of its best-known offerings is its $2-a-bottle California wines. The first bottles of Charles Shaw wines were sold in Trader Joe’s stores in 2002, and customers nicknamed it “Two Buck Chuck.” The price varies slightly depending on local taxes and transportation costs.The company communicates with its customers with a Fearless Flyer newsletter, and the official employee uniform is a Hawaiian shirt — the louder the better, according to corporate lore.Small stores’ impactAt about 10,000 to 15,000 square feet, Trader Joe’s stores are much smaller than a traditional 50,000-square-foot supermarket.Grocers have stepped up their Dallas-area growth plans. Kroger has a couple of stores under development inside the Dallas city limits. San Antonio-based H-E-B has four Central Market locations in the Dallas area and is looking for more. Whole Foods has opened three stores here in the last three years and now operates eight in the market. Both specialty food stores have more stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth than in any other Texas market.Other grocers have entered the North Texas market in the last few years, including fast-growing independents Sprouts Farmers Market, Natural Grocers and Sunflower Markets.There aren’t a lot of new retail developments in the works, so the expanding retailers are gobbling up space in existing shopping centers.Borders is closing stores as part of its Chapter 11 filing in February. At the time of the announcement, the owner of the Borders bookstore at Preston Road and Royal Lane said interest from grocery retailers was especially high.Different directionTrader Joe’s history has a Dallas twist. It started out in 1958 as a chain of convenience stores called Pronto Markets. By the 1960s, Dallas-based 7-Eleven was growing fast in Southern California and competing with Pronto.Trader Joe’s founder Joe Coloumbe bought the Pronto stores and decided to go in another direction. In 1967, the stores were renamed Trader Joe’s and morphed into a chain of small specialty cheese and wine shops. It later evolved into a neighborhood grocery chain.Trader Joe’s started opening stores outside California in 1993 with a store in Phoenix.There was much speculation when German discount grocer Aldi opened stores in Texas in early 2010 that Trader Joe’s wouldn’t be far behind.The founder of Trader Joe’s sold the company and left in 1987. Mochizuki wouldn’t disclose current ownership, but supermarket trade publications in the U.S. and the business press in Europe have reported that the company is owned by the Albrecht family in Germany.Two brothers of Aldi’s founding Albrecht family split Aldi and the German market in half in 1960 after an argument.Later, Aldi South came to the U.S. with the low-price format from Germany, and Aldi North acquired Trader Joe’s from California.The two companies insist they have separate ownership and don’t share U.S. operations.
From The AWU Center for Environmental Research:
posted by manijeh Huereca on April 28th, 2011 9:05 PM
he AWU Center for Environmental ResearchAustin Water Utility – The University of Texas – Texas A&M UniversityA Partnership for Urban Ecology and Sustainability: Community, Ecology, Researchlocated at the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant2210 South FM 973, Austin, Texas 78725Location and site map at http://www.hornsbybend.orgMore information about the CER projects and programs : http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/water/cer2.htmAWU-CER Lunchtime Lectures at Austin Water Headquarters Downtown May - August 2011 Each talk begins AT NOONLocation - Waller Center [ 625 East 10th Street – between I-35 and Red River ] First Wednesday of the Month!Waller Center Room 104! Free and Open to the Public – bring a lunch and learn Rivers: Myth, Meaning and Culture in AmericaOver the next four months, I will put on my Cultural Geographer’s hat and draw on my English major to look at the meaning of rivers and waterways in American and Texan literature. The four lectures will descend in scale from an overview of American rivers and American literature to Texas and finally to Austin . Join me for a journey down rivers through literature, the first Wednesday of every month. May 4 Noon-1pmThe Myth of the River: American Rivers and American Literature June 1 Monday Noon-1pmTexas Rivers: On the Brazos with John Graves “Goodbye to a River” July 6 Monday Noon-1pmTexas Rivers: On the Colorado with Roy Bedichek “Karankaway Country” August 3 Monday Noon-1pmLife On Waller Creek – The Legacy of Joseph Jones Austin Water-CER Coordinator - Kevin M. Anderson is a geographer and philosopher who is the coordinator of the AWU - Center for Environmental Research. Kevin has studied at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania [BA], Durham University , England , Ohio University [MA] where he taught philosophy and symbolic logic for several years. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin with a dissertation entitled: Marginal Nature: Urban Wastelands and the Geography of Nature. His research interests include soil ecology and sustainable agriculture, urban ecology and sustainability, riparian ecology, environmental philosophy and literature. He is a co-founder and president of the Texas Riparian Association. CER Mission: Urban Ecology and Sustainability - Community, Education, ResearchCER website - http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/water/cer2.htm Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory program website - http://www.hornsbybend.orgTexas Riparian Association website - http://www.texasriparian.org
From The AWU Center for Environmental Research:
posted by manijeh Huereca on April 28th, 2011 9:04 PM
AWU-CER May 2011 EventsThe AWU Center for Environmental ResearchAustin Water Utility – The University of Texas – Texas A&M UniversityA Partnership for Urban Ecology and Sustainability: Community, Ecology, Researchlocated at the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant2210 South FM 973, Austin, Texas 78725Location and site map at http://www.hornsbybend.orgMore information about the CER projects and programs : http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/water/cer2.htm May 4 Wednesday Noon to 1pm – at Waller Center· CER Monthly Lunchtime Lecture by Kevin M. Anderson· Downtown at Austin Water Headquarters - [ Waller Center , 625 East 10th St - between Red River and I-35 Room 104]· “The Myth of the River: American Rivers and American Literature”· Rivers are a foundational part of American identity and American artistic expression. The Hudson, the Rio Grande, the Mississippi, and many other rivers play a large role in shaping our understanding of the American landscape, and they are linked to literary and artistic moments in U.S. history – the Hudson River Valley painters, Thoreau on the Concord, Woody Guthrie on the Columbia, and contemporary writing about Western rivers. Join us for a look the role of rivers in American literature as we kick off four months of talks on rivers and literature.May 7 Saturday 8am meet at CER§ Austin-Bastrop River Corridor Partnership - Travis County River Monitoring Trip with Claude Morris§ Join Claude Morris and the Travis County Colorado River Monitoring trip for a day on the river monitoring riparian ecology, and help the Austin-Bastrop River Corridor Partnership learn more about the ecology of the Colorado River .§ Meet at the CER parking lot at 8:00AM§ A river trip to monitor birds and vegetation along the river NOT RECREATIONAL and you MUST provide your own boat or rent one from Cook’s Canoes in Webberville. http://www.cookscanoes.com/ § Contact Claude Morris at cgmorris@flash.net to participate§ More about the Austin-Bastrop River Corridor Partnership at the CER partnerships webpage http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/water/programsandpartnerships.htm May 14 Saturday 7am-11am and 4pm to dark meet at CER· Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory Monthly Bird Survey· The HBBO Bird Survey is open to all levels of birder interested in intensive monitoring, although this is not a field trip. In the morning, we have teams covering different areas of the Hornsby Bend facility, and they count numbers of all birds seen. It is 4 hours of hard hiking and counting, but lots of fun along the way. We meet again around 11am to tally up the species. The afternoon involves looking around for species missed that morning, and we go until sundown. More information about the CER HBBO program at http://www.hornsbybend.org May 21 Saturday – 730am – 11am· HBBO/Travis Audubon Society - Hornsby Bend Monthly Birding Fieldtrip· FREE and No Registration needed· Meet at the CER 730am – all levels of birder welcomed, an easy morning of walking and learning the birds of Hornsby Bend. Bring binoculars and some water if the weather is warm. More information at http://www.travisaudubon.org and http://www.hornsbybend.org May 22-25 2011 International Urban Wildlife Planning and Management Conference at the Hyatt Regency on Ladybird Lake in Austin , Texas · The Wildlife Society - Urban Wildlife Working Group and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are pleased to host the 2011 International Urban Wildlife Planning and Management Conference at the Hyatt Regency on Ladybird Lake in Austin , Texas .· The conference focuses on designing cities that work with local ecological systems to maximize the societal benefits of urban wildlife and their associated habitats while minimizing potentially problematic interactions between humans and wildlife. You’ll hear speakers discuss contemporary research, design, and management practices targeting urban ecosystems.· Conference Presentation “Marginal Nature: Urban Wasteland And Hybrid Ecosystems” by Kevin M. Anderson, Tuesday Morning May 24.· Conference website http://urbanwildlife2011.tpwd.state.tx.us/ May 28 Saturday 9am – 1pm at the CER· Ecological Literacy Volunteer Day – Help maintain Hornsby Bend Trails! Did you know that all the Hornsby Bend Trails were built and are maintained by volunteers? If you enjoy birding or walking along the Colorado River here, please join us in keeping the trails open to the public.· We do three hours work and one hour of learning about the ecology of the Colorado River and Hornsby Bend - Wear work clothes and work shoes, bring water if warm weather and binoculars if interested in birds· NEW – bring food to join our informal potluck lunch afterwards and watch a presentation on wildlife and ecology. Kevin M. Anderson Ph.D.Coordinator, Austin Water Utility - Center for Environmental Research [CER]2210 South FM 973, Austin, Texas 78725at the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management PlantPhone 512.972.1960 Fax 512.972.1900 Mobile 512.689.6412CER Mission: Urban Ecology and Sustainability - Community, Education, ResearchCER website - http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/water/cer2.htm Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory program website - http://www.hornsbybend.orgTexas Riparian Association website - http://www.texasriparian.org
Time-sharing porch space
posted by Rod on April 17th, 2011 12:35 PM
Akiko and I were perhaps a bit naive about porch culture in Austin and the south, not having been born or raised here. Our porch is thus of a size for perhaps Ken and Barbie to sit around and chat in, but not us and guests. Alas--the house is built and lived in for almost 3 yrs now. No way to snap our fingers and reverse that decision. Akiko wonders if there are possibilities for time-sharing porches. (She is extrapolating from time shared vacation spots and so on that Americans use). That's right, we'll bring the kids and sit on your porch and soak up its ambience. Now, now, think of the possibilities. What about the folks renting at Mosaic and so on, who have no porch at all?
Austin Playhouse considers move to Mueller
posted by Bob Brock on September 10th, 2010 4:58 PM
In Today's Statesman....how great would that be..... By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin | Friday, September 10, 2010, 02:14 PM After nearly a decade in residence at South Austin’s Penn Field development, Austin Playhouse is thinking about it’s next move. Where to? The Mueller redevelopment in East Austin. Nothing is inked or written in stone yet, but Austin Playhouse, led by Don Toner, reports that it is in discussions to secure a location adjacent to the planned Austin Childrens’ Museum. Austin Playhouse imagines its new facility to include two performance facilities — a 200-seat main stage and a 99-seat flexible second stage — along with classrooms and support facilities. Austin Playhouse estimates its project will cost between $3 to $5 million. Greg Weaver, the Catellus executive in Austin in charge of the Mueller redevelopment told the American-Statesman today that “we’re in very preliminary discussions,” with Austin Playhouse about going into Mueller’s future town center, potentially adjacent to the planned new Austin Children’s Museum. Weaver added that while the theater would be “a great addition” to the future town center, there is no deal at the moment. The Mueller town center is planned to be a mix of retail, restaurant and entertainment venues. However, no date has been set to start the town center phase of the Mueller project.
Gulf oil spill - motivation for change?
posted by Rod on August 18th, 2010 2:11 PM
Thanks Steve. Ummm...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oaf998FwQVI&feature=relatedGetting into some pretty unpleasant territory now. Matt Simmons strongly criticized BP. Now, he is dead and (not surprisingly) there are already many blogs saying that he was not, so to say, dying a natural death.The youtube video above is startling in this regard. Sigh. I guess I come back to Grace and Doug and everyone else, and simply note that something very weird is afoot. The above video has clearly been seen worldwide now. Those who might have preferred it not be seen, cannot ignore that fact. There are now people in Europe and Asia and Africa and Australia and South America, etc., as well as the USA, scratching the head and saying what the f...?Rod
Formula 1
posted by anna pinales on July 9th, 2010 11:15 AM
Here is some great information directly from formula1 website.... http://formula1.com/news/headlines/2010/5/10824.html Formula One returns to the United States Formula One World Championship Limited and Formula One Administration Limited (together, the F1 Commercial Rights Holder) and Full Throttle Productions, LP, promoter of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™, announce that a historic agreement has been reached for Austin, Texas to serve as the host city of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ for years 2012 through 2021. “We are extremely honoured and proud to reach an agreement with the F1 Commercial Rights Holder. We have been diligently working together for several years to bring this great event to Austin, the State of Texas and back to the United States. All parties involved have a great amount of trust and confidence in each other and are committed to establishing the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ in Austin, Texas as a prestigious global event,” stated Tavo Hellmund, Managing Partner of Full Throttle Productions, LP. Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of the Formula One Group stated: “For the first time in the history of Formula One in the United States, a world-class facility will be purpose-built to host the event. It was thirty years ago that the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ was last held on a purpose-built permanent road course circuit in Watkins Glen, NY (1961-1980), which enjoyed great success. Since then, Formula One has been hosted by Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix all on temporary street circuits. Indianapolis joined the ranks of host cities in 2000 when they added a road course inside the famed oval. Lewis Hamilton won the last Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ in 2007, signalling the end to eight years at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This however, will be the first time a facility is constructed from the ground up specifically for Formula One in the US.” Mr. Hellmund added: “This is a case of the right timing in the right place. As many Americans know, Austin has earned a reputation as one of the ‘it’ cities in the United States. Austin features that rare combination of ideal geographic location and beauty. Its fine dining, world-renowned hospitality and excellent transportation infrastructure make Austin ideally suited to host and manage an event of this magnitude. Few cities if any in America could rival the connectivity of all the key elements needed for hosting a Formula 1 event as well as Austin. Now, many people around the world will have the opportunity to experience a world-class event, facility and city.” “We are pleased Texas has the opportunity to be involved with Formula 1 and that an event of this magnitude is coming to Austin,” said Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. “It has been a pleasure working with Full Throttle Productions, LP and Mr. Hellmund on this project. Their tradition of producing successful major events coupled with a thirty year relationship with Mr. Ecclestone has us looking forward to this worldwide event and the benefits it will bring, including local job creation, increased tourism and a significant economic impact added to our state economy. The visibility and prestige of this event will spotlight our state on an international stage.” Texas Governor Rick Perry conveyed his enthusiasm for the project, explaining “Texas’ relatively strong economy continues to draw both national and international attention and I commend Comptroller Combs for her work in bringing this exciting event to the Lone Star State.” City of Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell continued the positive sentiments, adding "The City of Austin will be proud to host this magnificent event and I look forward to welcoming the participants and fans of Formula One to our City." Full Throttle Productions, LP acknowledges with great appreciation the efforts of all parties involved including Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of the Formula One Group, and the local and state officials of Texas. “It has been a shared vision and monumental task to reach this agreement. We realize that over the last 30 years there have been one or two missing pieces from the previous editions of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™. We have a tremendous opportunity at hand to do it right - to feature Austin as the backdrop and produce the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ as one of the great sporting events in the world,” stated Hellmund. In addition to the State of Texas being the 11th strongest economy in the world, it has more Fortune 500 company headquarters than any other state. Key features of Austin include: - State capital nicknamed ‘Silicon Hills’ for being one of the most important regions in the US for the Technology Industry; - USA’s 15th largest city and is located 145 miles from Houston (4th largest US city), 70 miles from San Antonio (7th largest US city), and 180 miles from Dallas (8th largest US city), population in this triangle is over 22 million; - perfectly located geographically for North, South and Central American visitors; - over 130 daily departing international flights within 180 miles; - over 250,000 hotel rooms within 180 miles; - desirable year-round climate, with an average annual temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius); - geographically located in the Texas Hill Country, easily the most beautiful city in the State, and considered one of the most in the US; - hotels/downtown/Formula 1 circuit/airport located within close proximity of each other, which is nearly impossible for any other large city in the US; - world class night life entertainment along renowned ‘Sixth Street’; and - large film industry presence - many movies filmed in the area. Austin’s National Recognition - Known as “The Live Music Capital of the World” - Voted “Greenest City in America” (MSN) - Voted “Least Stressful Large Metro” in the United States (Forbes) - Voted Top Two “Best Cities” in the United States (Money Magazine) - Voted Top Three “Hippest Cities” in the United States (Forbes) - Voted Top Five “Safest Cities” in the United States (Forbes) - Voted Top Ten “Sports & Fitness Cities” in the USA (Sports Business Journal) Full Throttle Productions, LP is an Austin, Texas, special event and sports production company that provides event conception, event project management, day of event oversight, staffing and volunteer services, venue planning and logistics support. More information on the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ will be forthcoming shortly. In the meantime, all queries should be directed to info@fullthrottleproductionslp.com.
Formula 1
posted by anna pinales on July 9th, 2010 11:15 AM
Here is some great information directly from formula1 website.... http://formula1.com/news/headlines/2010/5/10824.html Formula One returns to the United States Formula One World Championship Limited and Formula One Administration Limited (together, the F1 Commercial Rights Holder) and Full Throttle Productions, LP, promoter of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™, announce that a historic agreement has been reached for Austin, Texas to serve as the host city of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ for years 2012 through 2021. “We are extremely honoured and proud to reach an agreement with the F1 Commercial Rights Holder. We have been diligently working together for several years to bring this great event to Austin, the State of Texas and back to the United States. All parties involved have a great amount of trust and confidence in each other and are committed to establishing the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ in Austin, Texas as a prestigious global event,” stated Tavo Hellmund, Managing Partner of Full Throttle Productions, LP. Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of the Formula One Group stated: “For the first time in the history of Formula One in the United States, a world-class facility will be purpose-built to host the event. It was thirty years ago that the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ was last held on a purpose-built permanent road course circuit in Watkins Glen, NY (1961-1980), which enjoyed great success. Since then, Formula One has been hosted by Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix all on temporary street circuits. Indianapolis joined the ranks of host cities in 2000 when they added a road course inside the famed oval. Lewis Hamilton won the last Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ in 2007, signalling the end to eight years at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This however, will be the first time a facility is constructed from the ground up specifically for Formula One in the US.” Mr. Hellmund added: “This is a case of the right timing in the right place. As many Americans know, Austin has earned a reputation as one of the ‘it’ cities in the United States. Austin features that rare combination of ideal geographic location and beauty. Its fine dining, world-renowned hospitality and excellent transportation infrastructure make Austin ideally suited to host and manage an event of this magnitude. Few cities if any in America could rival the connectivity of all the key elements needed for hosting a Formula 1 event as well as Austin. Now, many people around the world will have the opportunity to experience a world-class event, facility and city.” “We are pleased Texas has the opportunity to be involved with Formula 1 and that an event of this magnitude is coming to Austin,” said Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. “It has been a pleasure working with Full Throttle Productions, LP and Mr. Hellmund on this project. Their tradition of producing successful major events coupled with a thirty year relationship with Mr. Ecclestone has us looking forward to this worldwide event and the benefits it will bring, including local job creation, increased tourism and a significant economic impact added to our state economy. The visibility and prestige of this event will spotlight our state on an international stage.” Texas Governor Rick Perry conveyed his enthusiasm for the project, explaining “Texas’ relatively strong economy continues to draw both national and international attention and I commend Comptroller Combs for her work in bringing this exciting event to the Lone Star State.” City of Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell continued the positive sentiments, adding "The City of Austin will be proud to host this magnificent event and I look forward to welcoming the participants and fans of Formula One to our City." Full Throttle Productions, LP acknowledges with great appreciation the efforts of all parties involved including Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of the Formula One Group, and the local and state officials of Texas. “It has been a shared vision and monumental task to reach this agreement. We realize that over the last 30 years there have been one or two missing pieces from the previous editions of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™. We have a tremendous opportunity at hand to do it right - to feature Austin as the backdrop and produce the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ as one of the great sporting events in the world,” stated Hellmund. In addition to the State of Texas being the 11th strongest economy in the world, it has more Fortune 500 company headquarters than any other state. Key features of Austin include: - State capital nicknamed ‘Silicon Hills’ for being one of the most important regions in the US for the Technology Industry; - USA’s 15th largest city and is located 145 miles from Houston (4th largest US city), 70 miles from San Antonio (7th largest US city), and 180 miles from Dallas (8th largest US city), population in this triangle is over 22 million; - perfectly located geographically for North, South and Central American visitors; - over 130 daily departing international flights within 180 miles; - over 250,000 hotel rooms within 180 miles; - desirable year-round climate, with an average annual temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius); - geographically located in the Texas Hill Country, easily the most beautiful city in the State, and considered one of the most in the US; - hotels/downtown/Formula 1 circuit/airport located within close proximity of each other, which is nearly impossible for any other large city in the US; - world class night life entertainment along renowned ‘Sixth Street’; and - large film industry presence - many movies filmed in the area. Austin’s National Recognition - Known as “The Live Music Capital of the World” - Voted “Greenest City in America” (MSN) - Voted “Least Stressful Large Metro” in the United States (Forbes) - Voted Top Two “Best Cities” in the United States (Money Magazine) - Voted Top Three “Hippest Cities” in the United States (Forbes) - Voted Top Five “Safest Cities” in the United States (Forbes) - Voted Top Ten “Sports & Fitness Cities” in the USA (Sports Business Journal) Full Throttle Productions, LP is an Austin, Texas, special event and sports production company that provides event conception, event project management, day of event oversight, staffing and volunteer services, venue planning and logistics support. More information on the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ will be forthcoming shortly. In the meantime, all queries should be directed to info@fullthrottleproductionslp.com.
Dream Dinners July Menu
posted by mab on July 3rd, 2010 9:53 AM
When you buy in bulk you save 36 Servings is the minimum. Best Value! - Order 72 total servings and you automatically qualify for our Volume Reward of $30 off your total. Dinners may be a mix of 3 or 6 serving sizes. The smaller dinners work great for couples, retirees or small families, while our 6 serving dinners are perfect for those with larger families or hearty appetites, plus there is no waste. Order what you need, prepare it when you are ready and there are no worries about raw ingredients languishing in the refrigerator. JULY ENTREE SELECTIONS: ALL AMERICAN BEEF KABOBS WITH GARLIC RICE We’re marinating our tender kabob meat in a flavorful combination of extra virgin olive oil, garlic, oregano, balsamic vinegar and, for that fresh burst of flavor, a little lemon zest. These kabobs are ready to be skewered at home, grilled and served with our garlic infused rice. 6-Serving 29.99 3-Serving 15.99 CALIFORNIA CHICKEN WITH FETTUCCINI Tender all natural chicken breasts are sautéed to a golden brown, then simmered in a unique and savory cream sauce with mushrooms, onions, and ground walnuts. Served over fettuccini, this dish is easy to make and sure to bring smiles to everyone at the dinner table. 6-Serving 26.99 3-Serving 13.99 KENTUCKY PORK CHOPS Our boneless pork chop recipes always get great reviews and we created this one in true southern style. We rub the chops in a blend of spices sweetened with brown sugar, then brush them with a smoked glaze flavored with molasses. You'll caramelize these to perfection in less than 15 minutes! 6-Serving 21.49 3-Serving 11.49 SUMMERTIME PASTA WITH CHICKEN The fresh taste of summer fills this chicken and pasta dish. You’ll love the flavors and ease of chicken mixed with lemon, garlic, capers, fresh green onion, herbs and pasta. Our precooked pasta allows you to simply blend and bake in just 30 minutes! No boiling water and draining of pasta needed! 6-Serving 26.99 3-Serving 13.99 GREEK ISLAND SHRIMP WITH PASTA This meal is as beautiful as it is delicious. Your family will love the rich marinara sauce that surrounds tender shrimp mixed with tangy Feta cheese and tree-ripened Kalamata olives. Serve over pasta for a quick and easy homemade meal. For a healthier option ask for whole wheat pasta where available. 6-Serving 32.49 3-Serving 16.99 FIRECRACKER BEEF SLIDERS Fun and festive! These smaller burgers have the spark of heat making them irresistible to stop at eating just one. You will have 2 per serving! Great for an outdoor family dinner or event. Happy Birthday America! 6-Serving 33.49 3-Serving 17.49 CRISPY FRENCH ONION CHICKEN Our crispy French onion coating on the outside and tender and juicy chicken on the inside was such a hit we’re bringing it back. Everyone loves this fun and easy dinner. 6-Serving 22.49 3-Serving 11.99 BAKED FISH & CHIPS WITH TARTAR SAUCE Flakey Pacific cod filets are lightly crusted, baked to a golden brown and served with our special tartar sauce, flavored with dill and capers, for a fun twist on the traditional sauce. This is a real family favorite when served with crispy oven baked chips (fries). 6-Serving 32.49 3-Serving 16.99 GRILLED PICNIC CHICKEN Brought back by popular demand with bigger and better chicken. 8 pieces of chicken are delicious hot or cold, making it the ultimate portable dinner. Our bone-in chicken pieces include breasts, thighs and legs marinated in a lush Asian BBQ sauce infused with the flavors of raspberry, orange, garlic and hoisin. It’s a subtle sauce that takes this chicken from ordinary to extraordinary! 6-Serving 22.49 3-Serving 11.99 SWISS BACON BURGER WITH TANGY BBQ SAUCE Truly the ultimate burger! 1/3 pound of thick and juicy beef burgers are perfect for backyard grilling or your next camping trip. Our premium beef is mixed with real bacon and a special blend of spices, then topped with slices of Swiss cheese, served on a toasted bun, and a dollop of our creamy BBQ sauce. 6-Serving 28.49 3-Serving 14.99 PARMESAN PESTO SALMON WITH CHEESE CRISPS Our boneless, skinless salmon filets are marinated in a blend of wine and lemon juice, then coated with Parmesan cheese and basil pesto. They easily cook up in minutes then are topped with homemade Parmesan crisps. 6-Serving 28.99 3-Serving 15.49 CRISPY SESAME CHICKEN WITH GINGERED GREEN BEANS This quick, Asian-influenced entrée features tender all natural chicken breasts wrapped in a crisp, golden sesame crust, ready to be baked at home and served with our tangy sweet and sour sauce. We include green beans cooked with ginger and butter then tossed with cashews creating an exciting combination. 6-Serving 26.99 3-Serving 13.99 STEAK WITH GARLIC AND HERB BUTTER This dinner is definitely a cut above! Our lean, juicy 4oz steaks are ready to grill or oven broil. Serve these mouth-watering steaks slathered with butter, infused with the flavors of garlic, herbs and onion. 6-Serving 33.49 3-Serving 17.49 CHICKEN WITH HONEY, GARLIC & ORANGE Beautiful and elegant, this recipe is perfect for a special dinner, yet kid friendly enough for any night of the week. Our Honey-Orange sauce sweetens and glazes our tender, boneless chicken breasts. Grill or oven broil for a quick and easy meal that all will enjoy! 6-Serving 21.49 3-Serving 11.49 CHICKEN MARSALA WITH MUSHROOMS & MASHED POTATOES One of our most requested dinners! Our tender, boneless chicken breasts are cooked until golden brown, then topped with a savory mushroom and Marsala wine sauce. Serve with a side of fluffy, home-style mashed potatoes (provided) and you have a restaurant quality meal you can serve at home. 6-Serving 28.49 SESAME MARINATED FLANK STEAK We have combined our favorite flavors with our tender prime flank steak. Marinated in Asian flavors of soy, ginger, green onions and sesame seeds this is an easy dinner to cook on the grill and beautifully serve. 6-Serving 32.99 TUSCAN TURKEY MEDALLIONS WITH SAVORY GARLIC VEGETABLES Dream Dinners created this fabulous recipe for these bacon wrapped turkey medallions. Rubbed at home with a savory pesto of sundried tomatoes, rosemary and balsamic vinegar, they are healthy, moist and delicious, whether grilled or broiled. 6-Serving 35.99 I will be delivering to Mueller this Thursday, July 8th. All Mueller residents get either complimentary assembly/delivery ($35 value) or 10% off when attending an in-store session of 36 servings or more. For more information about Dream Dinners, please view our website at http://www.dreamdinners.com or feel free to contact me at sunsetvalleyhometx@dreamdinners.com (or send me a PM) . Bon appetit! Marge Bailey owner, Sunset Valley Dream Dinners and Mueller resident
Homeless RV Park
posted by manijeh Huereca on June 23rd, 2010 3:37 PM
Del Valle needs your support tomorrow!!!!Hi All,Del Valle needs your support tomorrow!!!!The City of Austin will be voting on the Homeless RV Park proposed inDel Valle. This is NOT what Del Valle needs or wants!As listed on Agenda item 83:"Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to work with theCentral Texas Federal Congressional delegation to assess thelikelihood of obtaining FAA approval to release City airport land foruse by the Mobile Loaves and Fishes' Habitat on Wheels program,including the financial impact; to evaluate other City owned propertythat is available and appropriate for use by the Mobile Loaves andFishes Habitat on Wheels program; and to report back to Council withinsixty days. (Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez Mayor Lee Leffingwell CouncilMember Randi Shade)"I urge you to be there for Del Valle Tomorrow. Please raise yourvoice and let Del Valle be heard! This was not good enough for otherareas of Austin where it was proposed and shot down, and now they aretrying to dump this in our laps!Please meet us at 301 W. Second Street, Austin, TXIf you would like to speak you need to register at the kiosk at thelocation listed above before the item is called. If more than 5 of uswill register to speak the council will pull it up for discussionduring the meeting. Please register to speak out on this issue thateffects each and every resident of Del Valle.In line follows the agenda. I will be there tomorrow and I hope youwill too. The citizens of Del Valle can come together on this issueand support one another.9:55 AM -- Invocation Rabbi Neil Blumofe, Congregation Agudas Achim10:00 AM -- City Council ConvenesApproval of Minutes1 . Approve the minutes of the Austin City Council regular meeting ofJune 10, 2010.Backup MaterialAustin Water Utility2 . Authorize negotiation and execution of a two-year InterlocalAgreement between the University of Texas and the City of Austin Texasfor consulting services regarding chemical usage at the City’s watertreatment plants for a total of $128,000. Funding in the amount of$65,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Operating Budget ofthe Austin Water Utility. Funding for the second year of the agreementis contingent upon available funding in future budgets. Recommended bythe Water and Wastewater Commission.Backup MaterialCity Clerk3 . Authorize the City Clerk to negotiate and execute an InterlocalContract with Travis and Williamson Counties for Election Services.Funding is contingent upon approval of appropriations for the FiscalYear 2010-2011.Backup MaterialContract and Land Management4 . Authorize execution of a contract with JOHN A. WALKER ROOFING CO,INC., Texas City, TX, through the LOCAL GOVERNMENT PURCHASINGCOOPERATIVE for the installation of a single seam roof replacement atthe Old Bakery & Emporium in an amount not to exceed $222,105. Fundingis available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget of the Parksand Recreation Department. Cooperative Purchase through the LOCALPURCHASING COOPERATIVE. John A. Walker Roofing INC., is an approvedcontractor through the competitive procurement process authorized byTexas Statute, Local government Code, Chapter 271, Subchapter F. Thiscontract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9A of the CityCode (Minority Owned and Women Owned Business Enterprise ProcurementProgram). Although this contract is a Cooperative Purchase andexempted under Chapter 791 of the Texas Local Government Code and nogoals were established for this solicitation, 0.84% MBE and 1.26% WBEsubcontractor participation has been met.Backup Material5 . Authorize execution of a construction contract with FACILITIESREHABILITATION, INC. (MBE/MH – 93.18%), Taylor, TX for an AnnualService Agreement for Wastewater Manhole Rehabilitation Rebid –Indefinite Delivery/ Indefinite Quantity in the amount of $989,500 forthe first year with an option for two, one year extensions. The firstyear extension option is in an amount of $1,187,400 and the secondyear extension option in an amount of $1,424,880 for a total contractamount not to exceed $3,601,780. Funding in the amount of $989,500 isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget of the AustinWater Utility. Funding for the extension options are contingent uponavailable funding in future budgets. Lowest bid of six (6) bidsreceived. This contract will be awarded in compliance in Chapter 2-9Aof the City Code (Minority Owned and Women Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program) by meeting the goals with 93.18% MBE Primecontractor and 2.27% MBE and 4.55% WBE subcontractor participation.Recommended by Water and Wastewater Commission.Backup Material6 . Authorize execution of a construction contract with DON KELLYCONSTRUCTION, INC., Bozeman, MT for the South IH-35 Water andWastewater Infrastructure Improvements Program, Onion Creek WastewaterTie-In Line – Phase 1 in the amount of $1,595,614 plus a $79,780.70contingency, for a total contract amount not to exceed $1,675,394.70.Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget ofthe Austin Water Utility. Lowest bid of ten (10) bids received. Thiscontract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9A of the CityCode (Minority Owned and Women Owned Business Enterprise ProcurementProgram) by meeting the goals with 16.96% MBE and 3.93% WBEsubcontractor participation. Reviewed by the Water and WastewaterCommission.Backup Material7 . Authorize execution of Change Order #1 and Change Order #2 to theconstruction contract with AUSTIN ENGINEERING CO, INC, Austin, TX, forthe South IH-35 Water and Wastewater Infrastructure ImprovementsProgram Transmission Main - Segment 4 in the amount of $73,262.75 fora total contract amount not to exceed $878,328.38. Funding isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget of the AustinWater Utility. This contract will be awarded in compliance withChapter 2-9A of the City Code (Minority Owned and Women Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program) with 5.48% MBE and 2.12% WBEsubcontractor participation to date including these change orders.Recommended by the Water and Wastewater Commission.Backup Material8 . Authorize execution of a construction contract with CASHCONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC., Pflugerville, TX, for the South IH-35Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements Program Segment17/18/19 - Slaughter Lane Extension to Thaxton Road, 48-inch WaterMain in the amount of $2,494,275 plus a $124,713.75 contingency, for atotal contract amount not to exceed $2,618,988.75. Funding isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget of the AustinWater Utility. Lowest bid of seven (7) bids received. This contractwill be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9A of the City Code(Minority Owned and Women Owned Business Enterprise ProcurementProgram) through the achievements of Good Faith Efforts with 1.51% MBEand 4.70% WBE subcontractor participation. Reviewed by the Water andWastewater Commission.Backup Material9 . Authorize execution of a construction contract with J.S. ELECTRIC,INC. (WBE/FW - 33.40%), Buda, TX, for the Disaster Recovery System -Waller Creek Generator Replacement project in the amount of $380,500plus a $19,025 contingency, for a total contract amount not to exceed$399,525. Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 CapitalBudget of the Austin Water Utility. Lower of two (2) bids received.This contract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9A of theCity Code (Minority Owned and Women Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program) by meeting the goals with 12.2% MBE subcontractorand 33.4% WBE contractor participation. Recommended by the Water andWastewater Commission.Backup Material10 . Authorize execution of Change Order #4 to the constructioncontract with RANGER EXCAVATING, L.P., Austin, TX, for FM 812 LandfillFinal Closure and Erosion Control Improvements project in the amountof $470,000, for a total contract amount not to exceed $6,197,483.50.Funding in the amount of $470,000 is available in the Fiscal Year2009-2010 Capital Budget of the Solid Waste Services Department. Thiscontract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9A of the CityCode (Minority Owned and Women Owned Business Enterprise ProcurementProgram) with 6.55% MBE and 6.32% WBE subcontractor participation todate including this change order. Recommended by the Solid WasteAdvisory Commission.Backup Material11 . Approve a resolution authorizing the filing of eminent domainproceedings for the Waller Creek Tunnel Project to acquire a 9,771square foot drainage easement and a 5,443 square foot temporaryworkspace easement, out of Lots 2, 3 and 4 and a portion of a 20-foot-wide alley vacated by the City of Austin, Block 37, original City ofAustin, Travis County, Texas, in the amount of $397,554. The owner ofthe property is LION OUTDOOR, LLC The property is located at 706 and708 East 4th Street. Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Capital Budget of the Watershed Protection Department.Backup Material12 . Approve a resolution authorizing the filing of eminent domainproceedings for the Fort Branch WMA Reach 6 & 7 – Truelight Area andEleanor Drive Area Project to acquire a 1,843 square foot permanentdrainage easement out of Lot 16, Block 1, Lincoln Gardens, Section 1 asubdivision in the City of Austin, Travis County, Texas, in the amountof $4,794.00. The owner of the needed property interests is Elton F.Zulauf. The property is located at 1228 Fort Branch Boulevard, Austin,Travis County, Texas. Funding is included in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Capital Budget of the Watershed Protection Department.Backup Material13 . Approve an ordinance vacating a portion of the public access ofthe 20 foot wide alley on Block 18, of the Original City of Austin,Travis County, Texas, according to the Map or Plat thereof, on recordat the General Land Office of the State of Texas, adjoining Lots 1-4,and a portion of Lot 5, and Lots 10, 11, and 12 to FINLEY COMPANY anda portion of Lot 8 and all of Lot 9 to LACK & HURLEY, INC. Recommendedby the Urban Transportation Commission and the Planning Commission.Backup Material14 . Authorize the negotiation and execution of a 120-month lease, tobe effective on or about December 1, 2010, for approximately 2,600square feet of nutritional counseling space for the Women Infants andChildren Program of the Health and Human Services Department, locatedat 6801 South IH-35, Suites 1-I and 1-J, from LX-NORTHBLUFF CENTERL.P., Austin TX, in an amount not to exceed $891,754. Funding in theamount of $320,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 OperatingBudget of the Health and Human Services Department. Funding for theremaining lease term period is contingent upon available funding infuture budgets.Backup Material15 . Authorize negotiation and execution of a Design-Build Agreementwith CHASCO CONSTRUCTORS, LTD. L.L.P., Round Rock, TX, for DesignPhase Services in an amount not to exceed $1,000,000. The projectconsists of design, demolition, renovation and construction ofBartholomew Municipal Pool, West Enfield Neighborhood Pool, and DeepEddy Municipal Pool. Funding in the amount of $1,000,000 is availablein the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Amended Capital Budget of the Parks andRecreation Department. Best Value to the City of Austin of ten (10)Request for Qualifications offers received. This contract will beawarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9B of the City Code (MinorityOwned and Women Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program) bymeeting the goals with 33.00% MBE and 37.00% WBE subcontractorparticipation.Backup Material16 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Advance FundingAgreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) forconstruction (relocation) of water lines within the State’s contractto widen FM 734 (Parmer Lane) at Amherst Drive in the amount of$148,128.75. Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 CapitalBudget of the Austin Water Utility. Recommended by the Water andWastewater Commission.Backup MaterialEconomic Growth & Redevelopment Services17 . Approve an ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute aMaster Development Agreement with CONSTRUCTIVE VENTURES, INC. and TCAUSTIN DEVELOPMENT, INC. for redevelopment of the property currentlyoccupied by the Austin Energy Control Center; adopting building accessand area of refuge requirements; and approving a managed growthagreement. Related to Item #18.Backup Material18 . Approve an ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 EconomicGrowth and Redevelopment Services Office Capital Budget of OrdinanceNo. 20090914-003 to appropriate $1,350,000 to fund improvements withrevenues related to the Energy Control Center Master Agreement.Funding in the amount of $1,350,000 is available in developercontributions in conjunction with the Energy Control Center MasterAgreement. Related to Item #17.Backup MaterialHealth and Human Services19 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith AUSTIN TRAVIS COUNTY INTEGRAL CARE to assist in the Health andHuman Services Department's Communities Putting Prevention to Workfederal grant initiative to reduce tobacco use and exposure tosecondhand tobacco smoke for a one-year term beginning June 1, 2010,in an amount not to exceed $110,000, with an option to renew for onenine-month renewal term, in an amount not to exceed $80,000 for atotal contract amount not to exceed $190,000. Funding in the amount of$110,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating BudgetSpecial Revenue Fund for the Health and Human Services Department. Thegrant period is March 19, 2010 through March 18, 2012. Funding for therenewal option is available through the grant. Recommended by thePublic Health and Human Services CommitteeBackup Material20 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith AUSTIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, to assist the Health andHuman Services Department fulfill its Communities Putting Preventionto Work federal grant initiative to reduce tobacco use and exposure tosecondhand tobacco smoke, for a one-year term beginning June 1, 2010,in an amount not to exceed $13,000, with an option to renew for onenine-month renewal term, in an amount not to exceed $9,200, for atotal contract amount not to exceed $22,200. Funding in the amount of$13,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating BudgetSpecial Revenue Fund for the Health and Human Services Department. Thegrant period is March 19, 2010 through March 18, 2012. Funding for therenewal option is available in the grant. Recommended by the PublicHealth and Human Services Committee.Backup Material21 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith TRAVIS COUNTY HEALTHCARE DISTRICT dba CENTRAL HEALTH, to assistthe Health and Human Services Department fulfill its CommunitiesPutting Prevention to Work federal grant initiative to reduce tobaccouse and exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, for a one-year termbeginning June 1, 2010, in an amount not to exceed $295,000, with anoption to renew for one nine-month renewal term, in an amount not toexceed $225,000, for a total contract amount not to exceed $520,000.Funding in the amount of $295,000 is available in the Fiscal Year2009-2010 Operating Budget Special Revenue Fund for the Health andHuman Services Department. The grant period is March 19, 2010 throughMarch 18, 2012. Funding for the renewal option is available throughthe grant. Recommended by the Public Health and Human ServicesCommittee.Backup Material22 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith TRAVIS COUNTY, to assist the Health and Human Services Departmentfulfill its Communities Putting Prevention to Work federal grantinitiative to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand tobaccosmoke, for a one-year term beginning June 1, 2010, in an amount not toexceed $120,000, with an option to renew for one nine-month renewalterm, in an amount not to exceed $80,000, for a total contract amountnot to exceed $200,000. Funding in the amount of $120,000 is availablein the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget Special Revenue Fund forthe Health and Human Services Department. The grant period is March19, 2010 through March 18, 2012. Funding for the renewal option isavailable in the grant. Recommended by the Public Health and HumanServices Committee.Backup Material23 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT HOUSTON, SCHOOLOF PUBLIC HEALTH AUSTIN REGIONAL CAMPUS, to assist the Health andHuman Services Department fulfill its Communities Putting Preventionto Work federal grant initiative to reduce tobacco use and exposure tosecondhand tobacco smoke for a one-year term beginning June 1, 2010,in an amount not to exceed $50,500, with an option to renew for onenine-month renewal term, in an amount not to exceed $42,080, for atotal contract amount not to exceed $92,580. Funding in the amount of$50,500 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating BudgetSpecial Revenue Fund for the Health and Human Services Department. Thegrant period is March 19, 2010 through March 18, 2012. Funding for therenewal option is available through the grant. Recommended by thePublic Health and Human Services Committee.Backup Material24 . Authorize negotiation and execution of Agreement for SocialServices with YOUTH AND FAMILY ALLIANCE d/b/a LIFEWORKS, Austin, TX,to provide child care voucher services in an amount not to exceed$106,554 for the initial term, July 1-September 30, 2010, with four 12-month renewal options in an amount not to exceed $308,272 per renewalterm, for a total contract amount not to exceed $1,389,642. Funding inthe amount of $89,760 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of the Neighborhood Housing and Community ServicesOffice through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and$16,794 is available in the Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Operating Budget ofthe Health and Human Services Department Special Revenue Fund,Certification. The initial period of the contract is July 1 throughSeptember 30, 2010. Funding for the renewal options is contingent uponavailable funding in future budgets.Backup Material25 . Authorize negotiation and execution of Amendment No. 2 to thesocial service contract with CARITAS OF AUSTIN to reallocate theexisting Community Services Block Grant Direct Financial Assistanceservices and increase funding from other contractors not scheduled toexpend entire grant award, up to $294,038 for a total contract amountnot to exceed $776,320 for the period October 1, 2009 throughSeptember 30, 2010. Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2008-2009Operating Budget of the Health and Human Services Department SpecialRevenue Fund, Community Services Block Grant.Backup Material26 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an agreement with SETONFAMILY OF HOSPITALS, Austin, TX, to assist the Health and HumanServices Department fulfill its Communities Putting Prevention to Workfederal grant initiative to reduce tobacco use and exposure tosecondhand tobacco smoke, for a one-year term beginning July 1, 2010,in an amount not to exceed $300,000, with an option to renew for oneeight-month renewal term, in an amount not to exceed $250,000, for atotal contract amount not to exceed $550,000. Funding in the amount of$300,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating BudgetSpecial Revenue Fund for the Health and Human Services Department. Thegrant period is March 19, 2010 through March 18, 2012. Funding for therenewal option is available in the grant. Recommended by the PublicHealth and Human Services Committee.Backup Material27 . Approve an ordinance accepting $1,975 in grant funds from theU.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, HEALTH RESOURCES ANDSERVICES ADMINISTRATION, and amending the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Healthand Human Services Department Operating Budget Special Revenue Fund ofOrdinance 20090914-002 to appropriate $1,975 for the Ryan White Part AHIV Emergency Relief Project Grant program. Funding in the amount of$1,975 is available from the U. S. Department of Health and HumanServices Health Resources and Services Administration. The grantperiod is March 1, 2010 to February 28, 2011. No City match isrequired. Approved the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget.September 14, 2009. Related to #28.Backup Material28 . Approve execution of amendments to four contracts to increasefunding for HIV core medical and support services under the Ryan WhiteHIV/AIDS Program Part A grant program: AIDS SERVICES OF AUSTIN, INC.in an amount not to exceed $41,431 for a total 12-month renewal amountnot to exceed $963,574 for March 1, 2010 through February 28, 2011,and a revised total two-year contract amount not to exceed $1,885,716;PROJECT TRANSITIONS, INC. in an amount not to exceed $3,397 for atotal 12-month renewal amount not to exceed $70,000 for March 1, 2010through February 28, 2011, and a revised total two-year contractamount not to exceed $170,000; WATERLOO COUNSELING CENTER, INC. in anamount not to exceed $32,442 for a total 12-month renewal amount notto exceed $102,211 for March 1, 2010 through February 28, 2011, and arevised total two-year contract amount not to exceed $171,980; THEWRIGHT HOUSE WELLNESS CENTER, INC. in an amount not to exceed $7,301for a total 12-month renewal amount not to exceed $136,066 for March1, 2010 through February 28, 2011, and a revised total two-yearcontract amount not to exceed $264,831. Funding in the amount of$84,571 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget ofthe Health and Human Services Department (HHSD) Special Revenue Fund,Ryan White Part A HIV Emergency Relief Project Grant. The grant periodis March 1, 2010 through February 28, 2011. Related to #27.Backup MaterialLaw29 . Authorize negotiation and execution of a professional servicesagreement with Greenberg Traurig, LLP in an amount not to exceed$62,500 for legal services in connection with the negotiation andexecution of a contract for the provision of recycling services.Funding in the amount of $62,500 is available in the Fiscal Year2009-2010 Capital Budget of the Solid Waste Services Department.Related to Items #81 and 86.Backup MaterialNeighborhood Housing and Community Development30 . Approve an ordinance authorizing the City Manager to negotiateand execute refinancing of the balance owed on the Section 108 Loan(B-94-MC-48-0500) for the Millennium Youth Center as part of theUnited States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s July 2010public offering. $639,208 for the August 2010 debt service requirementand $17,075 estimated closing cost is included in the fiscal year2009-2010 budget of the Neighborhood Housing and Community DevelopmentOffice, Community Development Block Grant Fund.Backup MaterialParks and Recreation31 . Approve an ordinance accepting $50,000 in grant funding from theNational Recreation and Parks Association and amending the Fiscal Year2009-2010 Parks and Recreation Department Operating Budget SpecialRevenue Fund of Ordinance No. 20090915-002 to appropriate $50,000 forthe Summer Food Program. Funding the amount of $50,000 is availablefrom the National Recreation and Parks Association. The grant periodis June 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011. No City match is required. TheGeneral Fund will not be required to contribute to this grant.Backup MaterialPlanning and Development Review32 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith the University of Texas School of Architecture to develop a webbased historic resources survey, in the amount of $25,000. Funding inthe amount of $25,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of the Planning and Development Review Department.Backup Material33 . Approve an ordinance to amend Ordinance No. 040401-Z-2 to correctthe boundaries of the Crestview/Wooten Neighborhood Plan CombiningDistrict.Backup Material34 . Approve an ordinance to amend Ordinance No. 20080807-074 tocorrect the map designating land use in NPA-2008-0001.02 (DawsonNeighborhood Plan).Backup Material35 . Approve an ordinance to amend Ordinance No. 040401-32A to correctthe description of the boundaries of the Wooten Neighborhood PlanCombining District.Backup Material36 . Approve an ordinance authorizing execution of a Managed GrowthAgreement with CRB-Aviara L.P., to extend the expiration date forcompletion of a project known as Aviara Heights and Residences,located at 7308 Old Bee Caves Road, to January 22, 2020.Backup MaterialPolice37 . Authorize application for $457,140 in grant funding from the U.S.Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, for the JusticeAssistance Grant Program (JAG). The City of Austin will receive$342,855 and Travis County will receive $114,285. The City will useits JAG funds to pay for equipment for e-citation implementation.Funding is available from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau ofJustice Assistance, for the Justice Assistance Grant Program, for thegrant period October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2013. A cash match isnot required. Related to Item #38.Backup Material38 . Authorize the negotiation and execution of an InterlocalAgreement between the City of Austin and Travis County to accept andadminister the 2010 Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) on behalfof the City of Austin and the Travis County Sheriffs Office. Fundingin the amount of $457,140 is available from the Department of Justice,Bureau of Justice Assistance for the Justice Assistance Grant Program.Related to Item #37.Backup MaterialPurchasing Office39 . Authorize award and execution of a contract with AUSTIN TRUCK ANDEQUIPMENT LTD., dba FREIGHTLINER OF AUSTIN, Austin, TX for thepurchase of seven truck-mounted aerial devices in an amount not toexceed $1,503,554. Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Capital Budget of Austin Energy. Lowest bid meeting specifications offive bids received. This contract will be awarded in compliance withChapter 2-9D of the City Code (Minority Owned and Women Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities wereidentified; therefore, no goals were established for thissolicitation. To be reviewed by the Electric Utility Commission onJune 21, 2010.Backup Material40 . Authorize award and execution of a contract with INSTRUMENTTRANSFORMER EQUIPMENT CORPORATION, Charlotte, NC for the purchase of24 potential transformers for Austin Energy in an amount not to exceed$167,928. Funding is contingent upon approval of the Fiscal Year2010-2011 Operating Budget of Austin Energy. Lowest bid of six bidsreceived. This contract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter2-9D of the City Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities wereidentified; therefore, no goals were established for thissolicitation. To be reviewed by the Electrical Utility Commission onJune 21, 2010.Backup Material41 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a professionalservices contract with NAVIGANT CONSULTING, INC., Austin, TX, forconsulting services for performing a financial and programmatic reviewof Austin Energy in an amount not to exceed $281,000. Funding isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of AustinEnergy. This professional services contract is exempt from the MBE/WBEOrdinance. This exemption is in compliance with Chapter 2-9B of theCity Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this contract. To be reviewedby the Electric Utility Commission on June 21, 2010.Backup Material42 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a contract withTEXAS ENGINEERING EXTENSION SERVICE, College Station, TX for thedevelopment of a National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) IncidentCommand System (ICS) 300 and 400 training course in an amount not toexceed $53,178. Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of Austin Energy. Best evaluated proposal of fourproposals received. This contract will be awarded in compliance withChapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities wereidentified; therefore, no goals were established for thissolicitation. Recommended by the Electric Utility Commission.Backup Material43 . Authorize award and execution of a 12-month requirements servicecontract with TEXAS CRANE SERVICES, San Antonio, TX for the rental andoperation of hydraulic and lattice boom cranes in an estimated amountnot to exceed $116,915, with three 12-month extension options in anestimated amount not to exceed $116,915, per extension option, for atotal estimated contract amount not to exceed $467,660. Funding in theamount of $29,229 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 OperatingBudget of the Austin Energy. Funding for the remaining nine months ofthe original contract period and extension options is contingent uponavailable funding in future budgets. Lowest bid of two bids received.This contract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9C of theCity Code (Minority Owned and Women Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this solicitation.Recommended by the Electrical Utility Commission.Backup Material44 . Approve the award, negotiation, and execution of a 60-monthrevenue concession agreement with IN-TER-SPACE SERVICES, INC. dbaCLEAR CHANNEL AIRPORTS, Allentown, PA, for advertising services atAustin-Bergstrom International Airport. This contract is projected togenerate $550,000 in revenue to the City in Fiscal Year 2011. Revenueover the life of the initial 60-month term of the contract isestimated to be $2,750,000. Best evaluated proposal of three proposalsreceived. This contract will be awarded in compliance with 49 CFR Part23 of the Federal Regulations (Airport Concession Disadvantaged OwnedBusiness Enterprises Program) by meeting the goal with 6.61% ACDBEsubcontractor participation. Recommended by the Austin AirportAdvisory Commission.Backup Material45 . Authorize award and execution of a 36-month requirements supplycontract with GEXPRO, Austin, TX for programmable logic controllersthe Aviation Department in an estimated amount not to exceed $162,000,with two 12-month extension options in an estimated amount not toexceed $54,000 per extension option, for a total estimated contractamount not to exceed $270,000. Funding in the amount of $13,500 isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of theAviation Department. Funding for the remaining 33 months of theoriginal contract period and extension options is contingent uponavailable funding in future budgets. Lowest bid of two bids received.This contract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9D of theCity Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this solicitation.Recommended by the Austin Airport Advisory Commission.Backup Material46 . Approve ratification of payments made to Austin IndependentSchool District (AISD) for operating and maintenance services providedby AISD under an Interlocal Agreement for construction and use of theJ.J. Pickle Elementary School/St. John's Community Center campus, inthe amount of $714,339.16, and authorize negotiation and execution ofan amendment to the agreement for a term of one year, effective onJuly 1, 2010, to reimburse AISD for certain operating and maintenanceservices provided from September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2009, inthe amount of $330,111.54, and to reimburse AISD for the same types ofservices provided from September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2010, inan amount not to exceed $200,000, with an option to renew for one 12-month term in an amount not to exceed $200,000. Funding in the amountof $714,339.16 for payments associated with the ratification wasavailable in Fiscal Year 2002-2003 through Fiscal Year 2008-2009 andis available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budgets of theAustin Police Department, Health & Human Services Department, LibraryDepartment, and Parks and Recreation Department. Funding in the amount$530,111.54 for the contract amendment is available in the Fiscal Year2009-2010 Operating Budgets of the Austin Police Department, Health &Human Services Department, Library Department, and Parks andRecreation Department. Funding for the extension option is contingentupon available funding in future budgets. This Interlocal Agreement isexempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is in compliancewith Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority–Owned and Women-OwnedBusiness Enterprise Procurement Program). No subcontractingopportunities were identified; therefore, no goals were establishedfor this contract.Backup Material47 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith the County Information Resources Agency, an interlocal governmentagency, to allow the City of Austin to become a member of the CountyInformation Resources Agency. There is no cost to become a member ofthis agency. This Interlocal Agreement is exempt from the MBE/WBEOrdinance. This exemption is in compliance with Chapter 2-9C of theCity Code (Minority–Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this contract. Related to theFusion Project – Austin Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material48 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith the County Information Resources Agency, an interlocal governmentagency, to allow the City of Austin to participate in theCountyConnect Cooperative Purchasing Program. Procurements under thisInterlocal Agreement will not be made unless funds are available inappropriate departmental budgets. Purchases over the City Manager’sauthorization (currently $52,000) will be submitted for City Councilapproval. This Interlocal Agreement is exempt from the MBE/WBEOrdinance. This exemption is in compliance with Chapter 2-9C of theCity Code (Minority –Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this contract. Related to theFusion Project – Austin Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material49 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a 12-monthcontract through the County Information Resources Agency CountyConnectCooperative Purchasing Program with METATOMIX, INC., Dedham, MA, forthe purchase of criminal justice software and maintenance in an amountnot to exceed $126,521.72, with two 12-month extension options in anamount not to exceed $19,299.92 per extension option, for a totalcontract amount not to exceed $165,121.56. Funding in the amount of$126,521.72 is available in the Homeland Security and EmergencyManagement Special Revenue Fund, Urban Area Security Initiative Grant.Funding for the extension options is contingent upon available fundingin future budgets. This Cooperative Purchase is exempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is in compliance with Chapter 2-9C ofthe City Code (Minority–Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this contract. Urban AreaWorking Group approved acceptance of this grant. Related to the FusionProject – Austin Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material50 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a contract throughthe County Information Resources Agency CountyConnect CooperativePurchasing Program with SIERRA SYSTEMS, INC., Austin, TX, for servicesrelated to the implementation of criminal justice software in anestimated amount not to exceed $234,612. Funding is available in theHomeland Security and Emergency Management Special Revenue Fund, UrbanArea Security Initiative Grant. This Cooperative Purchase is exemptfrom the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is in compliance withChapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority–Owned and Women-Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities wereidentified; therefore, no goals were established for this contract.Urban Area Working Group approved acceptance of this grant. Related tothe Fusion Project – Austin Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material51 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a 12-monthrequirements service contract with i2, INC., McLean, VA, for software,implementation services, and software support in an estimated amountnot to exceed $717,994, with four 12-month extension options in anestimated amount not to exceed $56,646 per extension option, for atotal estimated contract amount not to exceed $944,578. Funding in theamount of $717,994 is available in the Homeland Security and EmergencyManagement Special Revenue Fund, Urban Area Security Initiative Grant.Funding for the extension options is contingent upon available fundingin future budgets. Single Source. This contract will be awarded incompliance with Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority Owned andWomen Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation. Urban Area Working Group approvedacceptance of this grant. Related to the Fusion Project – AustinRegional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material52 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a 12-monthrequirements service contract through the United States GeneralServices Administration Cooperative Purchasing Program with i2, INC.,McLean, VA, for the purchase of software, software maintenance, andtraining in an estimated amount not to exceed $77,784, with four 12-month extension options in an estimated amount not to exceed $9,237per extension option, for a total estimated contract amount not toexceed $114,732. Funding in the amount of $77,784 is available in theHomeland Security and Emergency Management Special Revenue Fund, UrbanArea Security Initiative Grant. Funding for the extension options iscontingent upon available funding in future budgets. This CooperativePurchase is exempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is incompliance with Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority–Owned andWomen-Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this contract. Urban Area Working Group approvedacceptance of this grant. Related to the Fusion Project – AustinRegional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material53 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a contract throughthe Texas Multiple Awards Schedule (TXMAS) cooperative purchasingprogram with ROCKFORD BUSINESS INTERIORS, Austin, TX, for the purchaseand installation of modular systems furniture in an amount not toexceed $88,158.10. Funding is available in the Homeland Security andEmergency Management Special Revenue Fund, Urban Area SecurityInitiative Grant. This Cooperative Purchase is exempt from the MBE/WBEOrdinance. This exemption is in compliance with Chapter 2-9C of theCity Code (Minority–Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this contract. Urban AreaWorking Group approved acceptance of this grant. Related to the FusionProject – Austin Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material54 . Authorize award and execution of a 36-month requirements servicecontract with GMSL CONSULTING LLC DBA CENTEX SHRED, Austin, TX fordocument shredding services in an estimated amount not to exceed$210,000, with three 12-month extension options in an estimatedamounts not to exceed $90,000 for first extension option, $100,000 forsecond extension option, and $110,000 for the third extension option,for a total estimated contract amount not to exceed $510,000. Fundingin the amount $15,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budgets of various City departments. Funding for theremaining 33 months of the original contract period and extensionoptions is contingent upon available funding in future budgets. Lowestbid of three bids received. This contract will be awarded incompliance with Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority-Owned andWomen-Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation.Backup Material55 . Authorize award and execution of a contract with AIR CLEANINGTECHNOLOGIES, INC, Broken Arrow, OK for the purchase and installationof diesel exhaust emission systems for the Austin Fire Department inan amount not to exceed $764,100. Funding in the amount of $611,360 isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009 Federal Emergency Management AgencyAssistance to Firefighters grant. An in-kind match of $152,740 isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of the AustinFire Department. Sole Source. This contract will be awarded incompliance with Chapter 2-9D of the City Code (Minority Owned andWomen Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation.Backup Material56 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of an 24-monthrequirements service contract with INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONALSOLUTIONS, INC, Westchester, IL to provide Civil Service promotionalexamination services in an estimated amount not to exceed $98,000,with two 24-month extension options in an estimated amount not toexceed $98,000 per extension option, for a total estimated contractamount not to exceed $294,000. Funding in the amount of $33,140 isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of the AustinFire Department. Funding for the remaining 21 months of the originalcontract period and extension options is contingent upon availablefunding in future budgets. Best evaluated proposal of eight proposalsreceived. This contract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter2-9C of the City Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities wereidentified; therefore, no goals were established for thissolicitation.Backup Material57 . Authorize award and execution of a 14-month requirements servicecontract through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative(BuyBoard) with GOVDEALS, INC., Montgomery, AL for auction services inan estimated amount not to exceed $200,000. Funding in the amount of$30,600 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget ofthe Financial and Administrative Services Department, Fleet Fund.Funding in the amount of $10,625 is available in the Fiscal Year2009-2010 Federal Department of Treasury Asset Forfeiture Fund for theAustin Police Department. Funding in the amount of $1,275 is availablein the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of the Financial andAdministrative Services Department, Materials Management. Funding forthe remaining eleven months of the original contract period iscontingent upon available funding in future budgets. This CooperativePurchase is exempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is incompliance with Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority–Owned andWomen-Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this contract.Backup Material58 . Authorize award and execution of a contract with GRANDE TRUCKCENTER, San Antonio, TX for the purchase of one thermoplastic stripingmachine in an amount not to exceed $468,586. Funding is available inthe Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of the Public WorksDepartment. Sole bid received. This contract will be awarded incompliance with Chapter 2-9D of the City Code (Minority Owned andWomen Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation.Backup Material59 . Authorize award and execution of a contract with HELLER MOTORSLLP, dba MERCEDES BENZ OF BOERNE, Boerne, TX for the purchase of threeDodge SPRINTER cargo vans in an amount not to exceed $133,620. Fundingis available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Vehicle Acquisition Fund.Lowest bid of two bids received. This contract will be awarded incompliance with Chapter 2-9D of the City Code (Minority Owned andWomen Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation.Backup Material60 . Authorize award and execution of a 36-month requirements supplycontract with MIDWAY AUTO SUPPLY, INC., Dallas, TX to provideautomotive filters in an estimated amount not to exceed $910,000, withthree 12-month extension options in estimated amounts not to exceed$432,000 for the first extension option, $518,400 for the secondextension option, and $622,080 for the third extension option, for atotal estimated contract amount not to exceed $2,482,480. Funding inthe amount of $62,500 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of the Financial and Administrative ServicesDepartment, Fleet Fund. Funding for the remaining 33 months of theoriginal contract period and extension options is contingent uponavailable funding in future budgets. Lowest bid meeting specificationof ten bids received. This contract will be awarded in compliance withChapter 2-9D of the City Code (Minority Owned and Women Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities wereidentified; therefore, no goals were established for thissolicitation.Backup Material61 . Authorize award and execution of a contract through the TexasLocal Government Purchasing Cooperative (BuyBoard) with WHEELED COACHINDUSTRIES, Winter Park, FL, for the purchase of one ambulance in anamount not to exceed $161,746.67. Funding is available in the FiscalYear 2009-2010 Vehicle Acquisition Fund. This Cooperative Purchase isexempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is in compliancewith Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority–Owned and Women-OwnedBusiness Enterprise Procurement Program). No subcontractingopportunities were identified; therefore, no goals were establishedfor this contract.Backup Material62 . Authorize award and execution of a 36-month requirements supplycontract with MCKESSON MEDICAL-SURGICAL INC., Richmond, VA to providemedical supplies in an estimated amount not to exceed $782,600, withthree 12-month extension options in estimated amounts not to exceed$371,520 for the first extension option, $445,824 for the secondextension option, and $534,989 for the third extension option, for atotal estimated contract amount not to exceed $2,134,933. Funding inthe amount of $33,333 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of the Health and Human Services Department. Fundingin the amount of $2,500 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of the Austin Fire Department. Funding for theremaining 34 months of the original contract period and extensionoptions is contingent upon available funding in future budgets. Best-value bid of three bids received. This contract will be awarded incompliance with Chapter 2-9D of the City Code (Minority-Owned andWomen-Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation.Backup Material63 . Authorize award and execution of a 36-month requirements supplycontract with TOMLINSON’S FEED & PETS, INC., Austin, TX to provide petfood and supplies in an estimated amount not to exceed $528,200, withthree 12-month extension options in estimated amounts not to exceed$260,640 for the first extension option, $312,768 for the secondextension option, and $375,322 for the third extension option, for atotal estimated contract amount not to exceed $1,476,930. Funding inthe amount of $10,833 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of the Health and Human Services Department. Fundingfor the remaining 35 months of the original contract period andextension options is contingent upon available funding in futurebudgets. Lowest bid meeting specification of five bids received. Thiscontract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9D of the CityCode (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business Enterprise ProcurementProgram). No subcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore,no goals were established for this solicitation.Backup Material64 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a 36-monthrequirements service contract with DAVIS VISION, INC., Plainview, NY,for vision insurance coverage services in an estimated amount not toexceed $2,111,000, with two 12-month extension options in amounts notto exceed $925,000 for the first extension option, and $1,063,000 forthe second extension option, for a total estimated contract amount notto exceed $4,099,000. Funding in the amount of $527,750 is included inthe Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Proposed Operating Budget of the EmployeeBenefits Fund of the Human Resources Department. Funding for theremaining 27 months of the original contract period and extensionoptions is contingent upon available funding in future budgets. Visionplan premiums will be paid entirely by employees and retirees. Bestevaluated proposal of ten proposals received. This contract will beawarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation.Backup Material65 . Authorize award and execution of a 12-month professional servicescontract with DIGITAL SANDBOX, INC., McLean, VA for services relatedto the development of a risk and capabilities management program forthe Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in anestimated amount not to exceed $108,792, with one 12-month extensionoption in an estimated amount not to exceed $149,000, for a totalestimated contract amount not to exceed $257,792. Funding in theamount of $27,198 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Urban AreaSecurity Initiative Grant Program. This professional services contractis exempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is in compliancewith Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority –Owned and Women-OwnedBusiness Enterprise Procurement Program). No subcontractingopportunities were identified; therefore, no goals were establishedfor this contract.Backup Material66 . Authorize award and execution of a contract through the TexasLocal Government Purchasing Cooperative (BuyBoard) with NIECEEQUIPMENT, LP, Del Valle, TX, for the purchase and mounting servicesfor one fuel tank truck-body in an amount not to exceed $69,700.Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget ofthe Solid Waste Services Department. This Cooperative Purchase isexempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is in compliancewith Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority–Owned and Women-OwnedBusiness Enterprise Procurement Program). No subcontractingopportunities were identified; therefore, no goals were establishedfor this contract.Backup Material67 . Authorize award and execution of an 18-month requirements servicecontract with AUSTIN ARBORIST COMPANY DBA AUSTIN TREE EXPERTS, Austin,TX., for a tree preventative maintenance program as part of the WallerCreek Tunnel Project in an estimated amount not to exceed $233,802.Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget ofthe Watershed Protection Department. Lowest bid of two bids received.This contract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9C of theCity Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No Subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this solicitation.Backup MaterialTransportation68 . Approve an ordinance amending Section 12-4-64(D) of the City Codeto reposition the existing 20 miles per hour school zone on Texas OaksDrive and add a portion of Slaughter Lane to the list of streetshaving a maximum speed limit of 30 miles per hour during certain timesin a school zone for students attending Casey Elementary School; andproviding for emergency passage. Funding in the amount of $27,421.68is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of theChild Safety Fund in the Public Works Department for installation ofnecessary signs and flashers.Backup Material69 . Approve an ordinance amending Section 12-4-64(D) of the City Codeto add a portion of Jacaranda Drive and Tallow Tree Drive to the tableof streets having a maximum speed limit of 20 miles per hour duringcertain times, for students attending Josephine Houston ElementarySchool; and provide emergency passage. $500.00 for the installation ofsigns is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Child Safety Fund ofthe Department of Public Works.Backup Material70 . Approve a resolution authorizing negotiation and execution of anAdvance Funding Agreement (AFA) with the Texas Department ofTransportation (TxDOT) to activate an American Recovery andReinvestment Act (ARRA) project for the installation of approximately200 uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems at intersectionsthroughout the City of Austin; and approve an ordinance accepting$611,419 in grant funds and amending the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 AustinTransportation Department Special Revenue Fund of Ordinance No.20090914-002 and the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Austin TransportationDepartment Capital Budget of Ordinance No. 20090914-003 to transferand appropriate grant funds. The total grant amount not to exceed$1,000,000 will be provided by the Texas Department of Transportation.Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget ofthe Austin Transportation Department to provide the $75,000administrative costs as required by the Texas Department ofTransportation.Backup Material71 . Authorize negotiation and execution of a professional servicesagreement with Public Financial Management (PFM), Austin, for afinancial plan and analysis of financing options for an Urban RailSystem in an amount not to exceed $100,000. Funding is available inthe Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget of the TransportationDepartment.Backup Material72 . Approve issuance of a closure permit under City Code Section14-8-3(B)(3) for the Keep Austin Weird-5K event sponsored by BounceMarketing Events, which is to be held on June 26, 2010.Backup MaterialTreasury Office73 . Authorize and direct publication of an Official Notice ofIntention to Issue $22,300,000 City of Austin, Texas, Certificates ofObligation, Series 2010. There is no unanticipated fiscal impact. Afiscal note is not required.Backup MaterialWatershed Protection Department74 . Authorize negotiation and execution of a one year InterlocalAgreement beginning on September 1, 2010 between the City of Austinand THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTHORITY, Austin, Texas, for waterpollutant analyses services with five 12-month extensions for $270,000for the first year and $270,000 per extension for a total amount notto exceed $1,620,000. Funding in the amount of $22,500 is available inthe Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of the Watershed ProtectionDepartment. Funding for the remaining 9 months of the originalcontract period and extension options is contingent upon availablefunding in future budgets.Backup Material75 . Authorize negotiation and execution of a one-year InterlocalAgreement between the City of Austin and the University of Texas atAustin, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (“Wildflower Center”) forservices to study the hydrologic response of green (vegetated) roofsto Austin rainfall events, in the amount not to exceed $10,000.Funding in the amount of $10,000 is available in the CapitalImprovement Project (CIP) budget entitled "Participation WithDevelopers” managed by the Watershed Protection Department.Backup MaterialItem(s) from Council76 . Approve appointments and certain related waivers to citizenboards and commissions, to Council subcommittees and otherintergovenrnmental bodies and removal and replacement of members.Backup Material77 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to review allCity policies, programs and procedures for servicing and supportinglocally-owned businesses and to deliver a report and make policyrecommendations within 120 days to City Council to enhance the City'sefforts to facilitate the growth of locally-owned businesses. (MayorLee Leffingwell Council Member William Spelman Council Member RandiShade)Backup Material78 . Approve a resolution directing the City Clerk to prepare for aNovember 2012 election to submit to the voters a proposed amendment toArticle V, Section 6 of the City Charter relating to the position ofcity attorney. (Mayor Lee Leffingwell Council Member Sheryl Cole )Backup Material79 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to determine thecost to Austin taxpayers of processing plastic bags in the wastestream. (Mayor Lee Leffingwell Council Member Chris Riley Mayor ProTem Mike Martinez)Backup Material80 . Approve a resolution amending Resolution No. 021003-40 to includethe H.E.B. Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks event as anannual City co-sponsored event; and waiving certain fees andrequirements, and authorizing the payment of certain costs for thisyear’s event which is to be held on Sunday, July 4, 2010 at AuditoriumShores. (Mayor Lee Leffingwell Council Member Sheryl Cole )Backup Material81 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to negotiate withboth Texas Disposal Systems, Inc. and Balcones Resources, Inc. for ashort-term and long-term agreement for recycling services. Related toItem #29. (Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez Council Member Laura MorrisonCouncil Member Randi Shade)Backup Material82 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to implementGreen Steps policy for the City of Austin. (Mayor Pro Tem MikeMartinez Council Member Laura Morrison )Backup Material83 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to work with theCentral Texas Federal Congressional delegation to assess thelikelihood of obtaining FAA approval to release City airport land foruse by the Mobile Loaves and Fishes' Habitat on Wheels program,including the financial impact; to evaluate other City owned propertythat is available and appropriate for use by the Mobile Loaves andFishes Habitat on Wheels program; and to report back to Council withinsixty days. (Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez Mayor Lee Leffingwell CouncilMember Randi Shade)Backup Material84 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to establish astakeholder group to develop a workforce development program thatcould incorporate classroom learning and on-the-job training inAustin’s small businesses, and apply for appropriate grants toimplement a pilot program. (Council Member Chris Riley Council MemberWilliam Spelman Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez)Backup Material85 . Approve a resolution endorsing the CreateAustin Cultural MasterPlan and directing the City Manager to implement certainrecommendations from the CreateAustin Community Master Plan. (CouncilMember Laura Morrison Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez )Backup Material86 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to negotiate withBalcones Resources, Inc. to provide the City long-term recyclingservices and to negotiate with Mid-America Recycling, L.L.C., dbaGreenstar, for extension to the current recycling and processingcontract to continue recycling services until a long-term contract isin place. Related to Item # 29. (Council Member William SpelmanCouncil Member Sheryl Cole )Backup Material87 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to develop anordinance requiring rest breaks and the provision of drinking waterfor workers at construction sites within the City . (Council MemberWilliam Spelman Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez Council Member ChrisRiley)Backup Material88 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to provide adescription of needs and a financial analysis of a possible November2012 comprehensive bond package. (Council Member Sheryl Cole Mayor LeeLeffingwell Council Member Laura Morrison)Backup Material89 . Authorize the payment of certain costs for the South River CityCitizens 4th of July Parade and Picnic which is to be held on July 4,2010, beginning at St. Edwards University and Eastside Drive andending at Little Stacy Park. (Council Member Laura Morrison Mayor ProTem Mike Martinez Mayor Lee Leffingwell)Backup Material90 . Approve the waiver of certain pool entry fees for the Summer DayCamp sponsored by the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) whichis to be held July 7 and 28, 2010 at Garrison Pool located at 6001Manchaca Rd. (Council Member Randi Shade Council Member Sheryl ColeCouncil Member Chris Riley)Backup MaterialItem(s) to Set Public Hearing(s)91 . Set a public hearing to consider a resolution regarding a requestby Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, located at 3720 Far West Blvd, for a waiver fromSection 4-9-4(A) of the Austin City Code that requires a minimum 300'distance between a business that sells alcoholic beverages and aschool. (Suggested date and time: July 29, 2010, 4:00 p.m. at AustinCity Hall, 301 W. Second Street, Austin, TX).Backup Material92 . Set a public hearing to consider an appeal by Michael McHone on adecision by the Building and Fire Board of Appeals regarding theissuance of a building permit for 1915A David Street. (Suggested dateand time: July 29, 2010, 4:00 p.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. SecondStreet, Austin, TX).Backup Material93 . Set a public hearing to consider an appeal by Michael McHone of adecision by the Building and Fire Board of Appeals related to a StopWork Order for 1915B David Street. (Suggested date and time: July 29,2010, 4:00 p.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second Street, Austin,TX).Backup Material94 . Set a public hearing to consider an appeal by Nuria Zaragoza on adecision by the Building and Fire Board of Appeals related to 1915ADavid Street. (Suggested date and time: July 29, 2010, 4:00 p.m. atAustin City Hall, 301 W. Second Street, Austin, TX).Backup Material95 . Set a public hearing for authorization of a Public ImprovementDistrict (PID) for the Indian Hills Area (approximately 240 acres inTravis County west of SH 130 and east of FM 973 at the intersection ofFM 973 and Decker Lake Road). (Suggested date and time: August 5,2010, 4:00 p.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second Street, Austin,TX).Backup Material96 . Set a public hearing for authorization of a Public ImprovementDistrict (PID) for the Whisper Valley Area (approximately 2,066 acresin Travis County east of FM 973 and approximately 782 feet north ofthe intersection of FM 969 and Taylor Lane). (Suggested date and time:August 5, 2010, 4:00 p.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second Street,Austin, TX).Backup Material97 . Set a public hearing to consider an appeal by the ZilkerNeighborhood Association regarding the decision to approve an OutdoorMusic Venue permit for Opa’s, located at 2050 South Lamar Blvd.(Suggested date and time, August 5, 2010 4:00 p.m. at Austin CityHall, 301 W. Second Street, Austin, TX).Backup Material98 . Set a public hearing to consider an appeal by Albert Stowellregarding the decision to renew an Outdoor Music Venue permit for TheAllan House, located at 1104 San Antonio Street. (Suggested date andtime: August 5, 2010, 4:00 p.m., at Austin City Hall, 301 W. SecondStreet, Austin, TX).Backup Material99 . Set a public hearing to consider a resolution authorizing theCity Manager to negotiate and execute a Lease and Parkland ImprovementAgreement Between The City of Austin and the Austin Independent SchoolDistrict for the construction and operation of a parking lot inKennemer Swimmin
What are upcoming Retail and Residential Planned Developments
posted by Caraly Foreman on June 16th, 2010 9:52 AM
Goodness, like we could take something else. Here's what I sent Cities of Austin and Bastrop and Counties of Travis and Bastrop leadership, staff, the media, and some of our members, this a.m.: Wed, June 16, 2010 9:46:26 AMALERT/FOR YOUR ATTENTION/ACTION: Bastrop commissioners approve incentives for airport From: Caraly Foreman View Contact To: sam.biscoe@co.travis.tx.us; kirk.watson@senate.state.tx.us; dawnna.dukes@house.state.tx.us; amy.everhart@ci.austin.tx.us; andrew.moore@ci.austin.tx.us; Anna.Bowlin@co.travis.tx.us; betty.dunkerly@ci.austin.tx.us; Jon White ; cecile.bogan@co.travis.tx.us... more Future Bastrop Airport.jpg (52KB) View Image -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We certainly understand the need for an ABIA reliever airport with Formula 1 coming in, but I mean 'really', our newer 'master planned' communities/neighborhood(s), businesses, and working farms/landowners are becoming blatently clear that there is absolutely NO 'master planning' going on here, whatsoever, not only among leadership and staff, but especially among inter-agency planning entities. Simultaneously, the Cities of Austin and Bastrop and the Counties of Travis and Bastrop are proposing/planning: Proposed gravel pit in a newer master planned residential community/new school- <50-500 ft from our residences and homes, air, water, noise, human and natural env/quality of life; then Talk of 're-visiting' material handling siting just S of ABIA and landfill siting just east of us towards Webberville (<5 min away); and Now, a proposed ABIA Reliever Airport (?) that would put overload vehicle traffic / capacity (by the way, and would propose sharing it with what already is on the table/proposed as also adding, simultaneously, 250-750 large sand and gravel trucks a day to an already extremely dangerous, limited access, congested FM 969 and HAZMAT route where existing residents, businesses, and future Formula 1 et al tourists daily and would special event intense travel (where it would be located, just east of us) as well as add significant access and public safety impacts to our already extremely limited access County roads off of FM 969 (and remember, our homes/property- located just 2-3 mi east of SH 130/FM 969, are all land-landlocked by the CO River and SH 130 on this same route/area). It would now also subject our master planned communities and neighborhoods/homes and area sensitive pecan/tree farms right in the direct flight path (and very low altitude) to this proposed new airport. As impacted residents, businesses and stakeholders, I would like to request that a public meeting / town hall be held in our area re all of this planning/mis-planning efforts via coordination with our local HOAs as well as with the Del Valle Coalition (in which our neighborhoods/businesses fall within this area). Thank you. Article on the proposed airport (and conceptual location map)- both from the Statesman article, yesterday, follow and is attached. Bastrop commissioners approve incentives for airport 75 percent of county property taxes would be refunded over 30 years By Suzannah Gonzales AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Updated: 1:09 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, 2010 Published: 9:32 p.m. Monday, June 14, 2010 Bastrop County commissioners unanimously approved incentives Monday for a proposed $150 million private airport and business complex in the western part of the county. The county would refund 75 percent of county property taxes for the proposed airport over 30 years as part of an agreement with the project's developer. The airport is far from a done deal — parts of the project still must be approved by the county and federal regulators — but the commissioners' incentive offer is a significant step. "This was done with the taxpayers' concerns in front of it," said Lee Dildy, commissioner of Precinct 4, where the proposed site of the airport is located. "Both sides acted in good faith. I feel very comfortable with this agreement." Dildy said public money will not be used to build the airport and related improvements. Jim Carpenter, managing partner of Central Texas Airport LLC, the would-be developer of the airport, said, "The Central Texas Airport completes the missing infrastructure asset that was needed for Central Texas." Carpenter began discussions with the county on the project at least a year ago. He said the airport would help fill a need when an annual Formula One race comes to Austin, scheduled to begin in 2012. "Formula One will bring a tremendous demand for aviation," he said. The proposed airport now includes plans for a 7,200-foot runway on about 1,100 acres, and will be for private chartered aircraft and business jets. According to the agreement, the airport cannot be a general commercial airport. Some people who live near the proposed site are concerned about airport noise, flight patterns, declining property values and how the airport will be used. "We are not happy about the proposed airport. We are not happy about the approval of this agreement," said Catherine Roberts, who lives south of the site and is president of the homeowners association for the River Crossing subdivision. "We just really hope this won't come to fruition." The agreement pertains only to the first phase of the project, which county documents show includes the runway, 250,000 square feet of hangar space, a fuel farm, fire-and-rescue facilities and commercial development. Under the agreement, construction of the first phase of the airport project would begin no later than June 30, 2012, and be finished no later than June 30, 2014. Currently, the county receives about $4,000 in property taxes per year from the property, which is now agricultural land, proposed for the airport, county staff said. The value of one-quarter of the property — the amount taxed under the agreement — would be significantly higher, according to county staff. The county still must approve construction plans and the Federal Emergency Management Agency must approve changes to a flood plain on the property, which would need to be moved for the project. Carpenter said he was waiting for the incentive agreement before proceeding with buying the property, but said Monday that he would go forward. He said his company hopes to start construction before the end of the year and complete work by the end of 2011 or early 2012. Aircraft maintenance services and green businesses are part of the overall airport plans, Carpenter said. sgonzales@statesman.com; 445-3616 Future Bastrop Airport.jpg (52KB)
Economic Development
posted by Angela Farris on June 2nd, 2010 12:46 AM
NALCAB - the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, with support from Citi will host NALCAB 2010 Summit on Building Wealth in American Communities in San Antonio, Texas August 12 & 13, 2010. HUD Assistant Secretary Mercedes Marquez along with Congressman Ciro Rodriguez are among the confirmed speakers to confirm our conversation regarding the following themes.Integrating affordable housing, support for entrepreneurship & family wealth building services to build wealth in our nation’s asset-poor communities;Planning affordable housing and regional transportation infrastructure in tandem to ensure economically and environmentally sustainable development;Developing asset-building infrastructure and initiatives in colonias on the US-Mexico Border and in emerging Latino communities such as in the Pacific Northwest and the Deep South. Strategizing ways for Latinos who show high rates of entrepreneurship can access capital and technology.To learn more about NALCAB and to register for the Summit visit at http://www.nalcab.org! NALCAB’s national events are where all of NALCAB’s efforts and programs intersect and NALCAB members have the unique opportunity to connect with their peers from around the nation. This summit will attract 200 executive level asset building practitioners, funders and public policy makers from across the country.We look forward to seeing you!Register NOW!NALCAB's 2010 Summit on Building Wealth in American CommunitiesAugust 12 & 13 at San Antonio, TXwww.nalcab.org
Farmers Market with Food and WIC
posted by manijeh Huereca on April 16th, 2010 9:56 PM
Many are snatching up the fish at supermarkets as they are very cheap. The fish looks good but read the article and you will be shocked. This product is from Vietnam. Do you eat this frozen fish called BASA? ( Pangasius, Vietnamese River Cobbler, White Catfish, Gray Sole ) Industrially farmed in Vietnam along the Mekong River, BASA or Pangas or whatever they're calling it, has only been recently introduced to the French market. However, in a very short amount of time, it has grown in popularity in France. They are very, very affordable (cheap), are sold in filets with no bones and they have a neutral flavor and texture; many would compare it to cod and sole, only much cheaper. But as tasty as some people may find it, there's, in fact, something hugely unsavory about it. I hope the information provided here will serve as very important information for you and your future choices. Here's why it is better left in the shops and not on your dinner plates: 1. BASAS or Pangas are teeming with high levels of poisons and bacteria. (industrial effluents, arsenic, and toxic and hazardous by-products of the growing industrial sector, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), DDT and its metabolites (DDTs), metal contaminants, chlordane-related compounds (CHLs), hexachlorocyclohexane isomers (HCHs), and hexachlorobenzene (HCB) ). The reason is that the Mekong River is one of the most polluted rivers on the planet and this is where basa/pangas are farmed and industries along the river dump chemicals and industrial waste directly into it. Avoid eating them because they contain high amounts of contamination. Regardless of Reports and recommendations against selling them, supermarkets still sell them, knowing full well that they are contaminated. 2. They freeze Basa/Pangas in contaminated river water. 3. BASA/Pangas are raised in Vietnam . Pangas are fed food that comes from Peru ( more on that below ), their hormones ( which are injected into the female Pangas ) come from China . ( More about that below ) and finally, they are transported from Vietnam to other countries .. 4. There's nothing natural about Basa/Pangas - They're fed dead fish remnants and bones, dried and ground into a flour (from South America), manioc ( cassava ) and residue from soy and grains. This kind of nourishment doesn't even remotely resemble what they eat in nature. But what it does resemble is the method of feeding mad cows ( cows were fed cows, remember? ). What they feed basa/pangas is completely unregulated so there are most likely other dangerous substances and hormones thrown into the mix. The basa/pangas grow 4 times faster than in nature, so it makes you wonder what exactly is in their food? Your guess is as good as mine. 5. Basa/Pangas are injected with Hormones Derived from Urine. They inject female Basa/Pangas with hormones made from the dehydrated urine of pregnant women, the female Pangas grow much quicker and produce eggs faster ( one Basa/Panga can lay approximately 500,000 eggs at one time ). Essentially, they're injecting fish with hormones ( they come all of the way from a pharmaceutical company in China ) to speed up the process of growth and reproduction. That isn't good. And also consider the rest of the reasons to NOT eat BASA. 6. You get what you pay for - and then some. Don't be lured in by insanely cheap price of Basa/Pangas. Is it worth risking your health and the health of your family? 7. Buying Basa/Pangas supports unscrupulous, greedy corporations and food conglomerates that don't care about the health and well-being of human beings. They are only concerned about selling as many basa/pangas as possible to unsuspecting consumers. These corporations only care about making more money at whatever cost to the public.. 8. Basa/Pangas WILL make you sick - If you don't get ill with vomiting, diarrhea and effects from severe food poisoning, congratulations, you have an iron stomach! But you're still ingesting POISON not "poisson". Final important note: Because of the prodigious amount of availability of Basa/Pangas, be warned that they will certainly find their way into other foods like imitation crab sticks, fish sticks, fish terrines, and probably in some pet food too. Just check the Ingredient List to see if Basa is one of the ingredients. Good Luck. You have been warned !!!
Randall's at Mueller/Development update?
posted by Zekesmom on March 30th, 2010 11:32 AM
Just came back from Fiesta because I couldn't face the HEB at Hancock Center, and I have to say, I'm incredibly surprised and impressed. The place was practically empty. They have a relatively large organic food section that carries "Annies" brand kid food and snacks (mac n cheese), lactose free milk (which is a must in our household), a really impressive selection of produce, a HUGE international section with not just the obvious Mexican and South American stuff, but Indian, Middle Eastern, BRITISH, German, Polish, Thai, and some other stuff I didn't recognize. They carry PG Tips which is our brand of English tea. Anyway, if you've never been or had a bad experience at Fiesta, I'd encourage you to give it another try. I was pleasantly surprised.Meghan
Family Dollar Store
posted by michael salata on March 9th, 2010 9:59 PM
Gentlemen - please allow me to elaborate on what was just posted. Tide, Nabisco, Jell-O brand, Johnson @ Johnson, Alpo, Welch’s, Proctor and gamble, Chicken of the Sea, Kotex, Pringles, Prego, Luvs, Snickers, Charmin, Kleenex……I am pretty sure are all American-made products made by Americans - some union, some not. In addition, all the milk, bread and eggs sold at Family Dollar come from local Texan dairies, bakeries and egg farms. The real reason why we can sell our items at low prices is due to large volume purchasing. Like Wal-Mart, we purchase each item by the semi-load. We then distribute those semi-loads among 7000 plus Family Dollars across the country and in-turn have the ability to offer “value” to our customers. Yes, it is true that at Family Dollar, anyone can purchase some items that are made overseas. But, if you look closer at what is actually sold to Americans at Wal-Mart, H.E.B, Randall’s, Sears, K-Mart, Macys, Dullards, Toys R Us, MANY items sold at these respected retail establishments are manufactured overseas by under-paid workers. This includes produce that is shipped in from South America, Mexico and New Zealand. This was obvious to my wife and I as we were shopping for some outfits at the mall. My wife is an ex-model who knows good quality clothing. All her “fashionable” clothes during her career were made in Italy and Moscow and Poland. We were totally blown away after looking at all the labels in Macys and Dillards. Made in Taiwan, Made in China, Made in Guatemala, Made in India, Made in Pakistan among others were all that we were finding. She quickly realized that material that she will wear on her body is just that - material. Why pay $100 for a skirt when she can purchase a similar skirt for $12.50?? That $87.50 that she just saved now goes to care for our two young children. Oh, and by the way, she still is a knock-out wearing that lower-priced skirt!! It doesn’t bother me a bit!!!! I work for an American Retail establishment that had in excess of 7 billion dollars in sales last year!!!! This money that Family Dollar earned was money that was paid for by Americans, which then paid the salaries of hard-working American workers, who in turn took that money and bought more goods for their families at many other retail stores. It’s the American circle of life. We are simply an alternative outlet which is located minutes away from your front door. Please, before judgment is passed - come in and see for yourself. If after your visit, you realize that we cannot save you money on the exact same items sold elsewhere - that’s O.K. This is still America. We are all free to shop where we want to shop.
Good wines from South America/Europe
posted by Lorrie on November 12th, 2009 6:03 PM
Thanks so much for the suggestions, Ezra & Shellie & Rose!I have had Cava and really like it. Love the sparkly![:wink:]
Good wines from South America/Europe
posted by shellrose on November 12th, 2009 7:41 AM
Lorrie - We frequently drink Chilean and Argentine wines at our house. Usually, we will buy say 3 or 4 Malbecs and give them a try. If we find one we like, then it becomes the "house wine" for awhile. Most of our finds are in the $9 - $12 range. I thought you might be interested in this article. ------------------------------------------------ Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher are the husband-and-wife team behind the wine column Tastings, which appears weekly in The Wall Street Journal. Wines At Around $10 Good values, and some fine surprises if you're willing to experiment • Chilean Sauvignon Blancs • Argentine varietals like Malbec and Torrontés • Italian reds like Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Wines At Around $20 Where wonderful wine-drinking starts • New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs • South African Chenin Blancs (sometimes called Steen) and Pinotages And for sparkling wine on a budget? They highly recommend Cava, a methode champenoise from Spain; Cristalino is one label they like Shellie & Rose
Good wines from South America/Europe
posted by SleeperService on November 11th, 2009 10:23 AM
We have had good luck with carmenere grape varietals from chile.If you can ignore the oddities of these guys you can listen to them -- but here are the carmenere tasting notes rather then the audio..http://www.3wineguys.com/tastingnotes/Chilean_Carmenere_Notes.htmI'm sure you can find the audio if you want it -- but the guys are pretty strange so be warned..Ezra.
Good wines from South America/Europe
posted by Lorrie on November 10th, 2009 8:47 PM
Can anyone recommend some good wines from South America & Europe? (For some reason I can't drink wines from CA - they give me a headache but I find that wines from South America/Europe don't. Even though they also have sulfites). Just found Gato Negro Chardonnay at Fiesta (I think) and really like it. And it's super cheap, which is awesome!
Possible solar manufacturing plant in San Antonio
posted by Mike on October 7th, 2009 3:19 PM
Below is an article from a commercial real estate publication.S.A. MAKES YINGLI'S SOLAR SHORT LISTSAN ANTONIO (San Antonio Express-News) – Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. has included Alamo City on its list of five possible American cities in which to build a solar manufacturing plant.The Chinese company has looked at four locations in the city, including two on the east side, and will make its final decision by Oct. 16.If San Antonio were chosen as home to the site, the plant would bring 250 manufacturing jobs and 65 salaried or professional positions into the market upon completion of construction.Yingli is one of China's largest manufacturers of photovoltaic products, which are used to convert sunlight into electricity.In August, San Antonio was chosen as the site of another solar plant, Blue Wing Solar, when Juwi Solar Inc. decided to build an installation in southeast San Antonio near the intersection of I-37 and US 181.City-owned utility CPS Energy signed a 30-year agreement to buy 14 megawatts of power from the plant when it begins operating late next year.
Has anyone been to Sprouts?
posted by mrs aaron on September 6th, 2009 9:17 AM
GROCERS Sprouts emerges in growing field With crop of three local stores, chain bets on Central Texas as fertile ground for natural foods By Brian Gaar AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Sunday, September 06, 2009 Natural foods chain Sprouts Farmers Market has arrived in the Austin area, with two store openings in Round Rock and Sunset Valley last week. And two more are on the way, setting the stage for a market share fight among organic and natural foods grocers. Austin "fits our demographic very well," said Doug Sanders , CEO of the Arizona-based company, which was established in 2002 and will have 42 stores in Arizona, Texas, California and Colorado by year's end. "I think the Austin consumer will like what they see at our stores," said Sanders, who grew up in Nacogdoches and is a University of Texas football fan. (In fact, the joke around the office is that Sprouts is moving into Austin simply because of Sanders' devotion to UT, he said.) Sprouts set the stage for the Austin expansion with its foray into Dallas in 2005; the chain now has 10 stores in that area, including some as large as 69,000 square feet — as big as a full-size grocery store. Those stores have done "really well," Sanders said. Sprouts subsequently opened a distribution warehouse in Dallas to supply stores there and in Austin, he said. The company, Sanders said, likes to go into areas where it can cluster its stores. In several cases in Austin, Sprouts has taken advantage of space in high-traffic suburban shopping centers vacated by chains that have downsized or gone bankrupt. As a chain, Sanders said, Sprouts competes on price, offering organic and natural products at competitive prices. "For folks who want to continue to eat healthily but are budget-conscious as well, I think we'll fit that niche pretty well," he said. Customers swamped the Round Rock location during its grand opening Friday, snapping up items such as 99-cent watermelons and grapes and cluster tomatoes for 99 cents a pound. "I've been waiting for something like this to be up on our side of town," said Kiley Nickels , a Round Rock resident. "Normally, I have to drive all the way down into Austin to go to (H-E-B's) Central Market or Whole Foods. To be able to have something close to home is fabulous." Sprouts' strategy is similar to that of California-based Trader Joe's Co., which has been successful competing against chains such as Whole Foods Market Inc., said Rick Shea , the head of Shea Marketing Consulting Inc., a firm in Minneapolis.With 328 stores, Trader Joe's emphasizes low prices, a wide variety of house brands and no-frills stores. Before the recession, organic and natural food sales nationwide had been on a three- to five-year upward trend, spurred by more health-conscious consumers and concerns about food safety, Shea said. "Certainly in this economy, organic foods have suffered; their growth has stalled," Shea said. But, he added, "I think it's been more price-related (rather) than consumers don't want organic and natural products." In the long run, Shea expects growth in organic and natural foods to resume once the recession ends. In Austin, the natural foods sector is getting crowded. Though Whole Foods brought the natural foods movement into the mainstream, supermarket chains such as H-E-B and Randalls have added organic and natural food selections to their aisles. On the smaller end, newer chains such as Sprouts and Newflower Farmers Market have jumped in, offering such products with a "value orientation" theme, Shea said. Two more Sprouts openings are on the way in Austin: next month in Rollingwood and, likely in January, in the Great Hills Station shopping center at Great Hills Trail and Research Boulevard. The company also has received city permits for a fifth store, at U.S. 183 near Anderson Mill Road in Northwest Austin. Sanders said that location is "not definite yet." Going into a market with that many stores is "fairly aggressive," Shea said. Al Meyers , senior vice president of the retail consulting and market research firm Retail Forward, agreed. "For Austin, that's a pretty big splash," he said. "They look for a very highly educated population and seem to do well in upscale neighborhoods." Sprouts makes its hay on produce, dairy, meats and its bakery, Meyers said, tending toward the organic and health-conscious and offering an array of ethnic foods. Sprouts is coming into an area that's dominated by H-E-B grocery stores, which have nearly half of the Austin-area market, according to data from Metro Market Studies . Walmart stores represent about 20 percent of the market, and Randalls stores have about 10 percent. As for organics, Newflower opened its first Austin store in February in South Austin and plans to open one in Bee Cave in the first quarter of 2010, CEO Mike Gilliland said. Newflower is "negotiating on a couple of sites" for a third store, to open in the middle of next year, he said. And, of course, Austin is home to the headquarters of Whole Foods, one of the area's two Fortune 500 companies. But Sprouts might not necessarily have Whole Foods in its sights, Meyers said. He suspects that Sprouts will take customers from conventional supermarkets, and even Walmart, because of what he called the chain's "razor-sharp prices." But "a foodie wouldn't be finding everything they need at a Sprouts, for example," Meyers said. The chain, which focuses on selling foods and nutritional supplements, also wouldn't function as a consumer's sole grocery store, he said. "You're not going to buy toilet paper at Sprouts," he said. bgaar@statesman.com; 912-5932 Sprouts' area locations Round Rock 110 N. Interstate 35 Sunset Valley 5601 Brodie Lane Sunset Valley Village Rollingwood (opening Oct. 16) 2805 Bee Cave Road Mira Vista Shopping Center Austin (January opening scheduled) 10225 Research Blvd. Great Hills Station Shopping Center
Calling All Cyclists
posted by doug on July 27th, 2009 11:05 PM
The first Mueller League of American Bicyclists Traffic Skills 101 Course is on the books. Six fellow Muellerites joined me last Friday at Ronald McDonald House for the classroom portion of the course (thanks RMcD House!) and then again on Saturday at Lake Park. Here's some pictures of the parking lot drills and on-road test:http://www.muellercommunity.com/index.php?module=Photos&op=album&albumID=83BTW, I was reminded during the class to promote the Sunday Mueller Coffee Shop ride. Hope I got some riders there. We had a nice group on the Freewheeling Bike Shop ride Sunday morning doing about 65 miles down south of Austin. I would like to offer this course at least twice a year to Muellerites and friends of Muellerites. I'm glad to contribute toward getting my neighbors on their bikes more often. If there is anything I can do to help towards that end - instruction, bike maintenance, advice on buying a bike, etc., I'm glad to do it. Feel free to PM me. Cheers, Doug
Any Mueller healthcare employees want to be interviewed?
posted by Kathleen Murphy on July 22nd, 2009 10:13 AM
Hi, I don't live here, but do work here, at SEDL, so hope it's ok to post. Came across this forum while googling reviews of Pad Thai - thanks for the inside info on the menu! Anyway, it occurred to me that some of you may work at one of the development's health care facilities and be interested in one of SEDL's current research projects (see below for more info): thanks! Kathleen Murphy Help Us Help Workers with Disabilities in Health Care SEDL and the Southwest ADA Center are hoping to describe the careers of people with disabilities who work in the health care industry. This would help us in our ongoing educational efforts to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. We are focusing on health care since it is a high-growth industry in Texas and want to demonstrate that people with disabilities can be productive employees in the right environment. Are you someone or know someone who • who works in health care; • has a disability, or a colleague with a disability, or manages an employee who has a disability; and • might be interested in being interviewed for this project for about half an hour? A disability can be any health condition or impairment that currently or in the past has made it harder to work or find work. An example of a disability may be a back injury, diabetes, depression, dyslexia, past drug or alcohol abuse, or cancer. Everyone who participates receives a gift card of $25.00 as thanks for their time. These interviews are part of a research study SEDL is doing with Wendy Wilkinson, JD, and Mr. Vinh Nguyen, JD, MBA of the Southwest Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center. The Southwest ADA Center is part of the hospital TIRR Memorial Hermann’s Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) program. You can check out all their activities at southwestada.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.southwestada.org if you want more information about the Americans with Disabilities Act. A summary of the projects SEDL is doing with the Southwest ADA Center is at http://www.sedl.org/DBTAC.html. Please think about it and email dbtac@sedl.org or call 1-800-476-6861 with any questions and we can make arrangements about where to do the and discuss how to handle child care issues if you think you might need to bring your children. We could also do the interview over the phone if you prefer. Kathleen Murphy, PhD SEDL 4700 Mueller Boulevard Austin, TX 78723 1-800-476-6861
Dream Dinners
posted by mab on July 17th, 2009 5:30 PM
Next week is the last week of the July menu. If you would like to order (36 servings or more), I will be delivering on Friday, July 24th. For pricing and additional information, go to http://www.dreamdinners.com. July's Menu: ALL AMERICAN BEEF KABOBS WITH GARLIC RICE We’re marinating our tender kabob meat in a flavorful combination of extra virgin olive oil, garlic, oregano, balsamic vinegar and, for that fresh burst of flavor, a little lemon zest. These kabobs are ready to be skewered at home, grilled and served with our garlic infused rice. (provided). PULLED PORK BBQ SANDWICH WITH FRENCH ROLLS When you’re craving a taste for great BBQ, just heat-up this lean, shredded pork with our Dream Dinners barbeque sauce and serve on warm French rolls (provided). Your friends and family will think you’ve spent hours slow cooking this dish, when it’s actually ready in ½ an hour! GRILL HOUSE STEAKS Our lean, juicy steaks are rubbed with a sassy herb blend, then grilled or oven broiled at home for a flavorful steakhouse style dinner you can prepare in minutes. Order several and invite the neighbors over for a summer BBQ! LEMON CHICKEN PICCATA This classic dish from Italy has become an international favorite and a Dream Dinners favorite! Our all natural chicken breasts are quickly seared, then simmered in a tangy lemon sauce with capers, herbs, and artichoke hearts. A refreshingly light classic! STEAK WITH GARLIC AND HERB BUTTER This dinner is definitely a cut above! Our lean, juicy steaks are ready to grill or oven broil. Serve these mouth- watering steaks slathered with our incredible butter compound infused with the flavors of garlic, thyme, rosemary, oregano and onion. This savory dinner is perfect for your backyard BBQ. GRILLED PICNIC CHICKEN This chicken is delicious hot or cold, making it the ultimate portable dinner. Our bone-in chicken pieces include breasts, thighs, legs and wings all marinated in a lush Asian BBQ sauce infused with the flavors of raspberry, orange, garlic and hoisin. It’s a subtle sauce that takes this chicken from the ordinary to extraordinary! SUMMERTIME PASTA WITH CHICKEN The fresh taste of summer fills this chicken and pasta dish. You’ve always loved the flavors (chicken strips mixed with lemon, garlic, capers, fresh green onion, herbs and pasta). Now you’ll love the ease! Our precooked pasta allows you to simply blend and bake in just 30 minutes! No boiling water and draining of pasta needed! APRICOT GLAZED PORK CHOPS WITH CORN CAKES BBQ on the grill or pan sear our lean boneless pork chops then finish with our delicious apricot glaze to celebrate the flavors of summer and create a dish the whole family will enjoy! Then turn this dinner into a fabulous meal by accompanying them with our homemade corn cakes that you cook up in minutes. DIABLO CHICKEN WITH SPANISH RICE We’ve transformed simple all natural chicken breasts into a fiery and succulent dinner with a combination of limes, garlic and cayenne. This figure friendly recipe packs a punch of flavor! Serve with our Spanish style rice, layering the flavors of salsa, rice and cheese, for a south-of-the-border experience without ever leaving home! GORGONZOLA CHEESE BURGERS These full 1/3 lb burgers are sure to win you the” grill-master” award amongst family and friends! Lean ground beef is flavored with onion, garlic, Worcestershire and a touch of marinara, then topped with gorgonzola cheese (a mild Italian blue cheese) and served on toasted hamburger buns (provided). CHICKEN MARSALA WITH MUSHROOMS & MASHED POTATOES Quickly becoming one of our most requested dinners! Our tender, boneless chicken breasts are cooked until golden brown then topped with a savory mushroom and Marsala wine sauce. Serve with a side of fluffy home-style mashed potatoes (provided) and you have a restaurant quality meal you can serve at home. CANADIAN BACON STUFFED FRENCH BREAD A Dream Dinners’ signature sandwich, crunchy French bread is spread with a savory cream cheese blend then layered with sausage crumbles, lean Canadian bacon and Swiss cheese. This sandwich is wrapped in foil and ready to heat in the oven until the filling warms and melts to perfection. Camping? This sandwich cooks up on the grill too! CHICKEN WITH HONEY, GARLIC & ORANGE Beautiful and elegant, this recipe is perfect for a special dinner, yet kid friendly enough for any night of the week. Our Honey-Orange sauce sweetens and glazes our tender boneless chicken breasts. Grill or oven broil for a quick and easy meal that all will enjoy! HERB DIJON CHICKEN BREASTS WITH GARLIC BREAD Lean boneless chicken breasts are marinated in a savory blend of Dijon mustard, buttermilk and herbs to plump and infuse with country flavor. To prepare, you simply shake them with breadcrumbs and bake to a golden brown. You’ll be amazed at the simple, yet wonderful, results you get especially when paired with our warm savory garlic bread (provided). FISHERMAN'S GRILLED WILD ALASKAN SALMON This month Dream Dinners is offering a wild Alaskan sockeye salmon fillet! This beautiful salmon fillet is enhanced with the flavors of lemon, garlic and capers which are blended beautifully with sweet creamy butter. Simply grill, or oven broil, then top with this wonderful butter compound to give this salmon an irresistible glaze. (Available only while supplies last). NANTUCKET SHRIMP WITH SAVORY GARLIC VEGETABLES & RICE A subtle garlic butter sauce is a favorite tradition in cooking and we’ve paired it with our most tempting vegetables and plump sweet shrimp that appear on your platter wrapped up like a gift. When you bake shrimp & vegetables in foil, something magical happens! Nestled in the package, the ingredients cook in their own juices. When you snip the packet open, dinner reveals itself in a cloud of aromatic steam. TUSCAN TURKEY MEDALLIONS WITH SAVORY GARLIC VEGETABLES Dream Dinners created this fabulous recipe for our bacon wrapped turkey medallions. Rubbed at home with a savory pesto of sundried tomatoes, rosemary and balsamic vinegar, they are healthy, moist and delicious, whether grilled or broiled.
Going Green--Diapers with more energy content than coa: Balcones Recycling
posted by Rod on June 13th, 2009 3:04 PM
I emailed this to Joan Ivy of City of Austin, who presented on recycling at the MNA meeting in Wooten Park this morning. Don't know if this is being done in Austin...the article is a bit dated, 2003. -Rod http://www.entrepreneur.com/tradejournals/article/100608276.htmlLess filling: Balcones resources helps a diaper manufacturer avoid sending manufacturing waste to the landfill. (Facility Profile).by Williams, JudyRecycling Today • March, 2003 •The American shopping public absorbs a significant number of disposable diapers each year, including those intended for infants as well as for incontinent adults. Kimberly-Clark Corp., Dallas, is one of the leading manufacturers of disposable diapers, with several plants in the Southwest that not only make finished products, but also generate waste materials.The cellulose and plastic wastes did not have an established recycling market, but Kimberly-Clark worked with Balcones Resources, Farmers Branch, Texas, to develop a solution.A BURNING ANSWER. Balcones Resources, a large-tonnage recycler of high-grade paper in the Southwest, ultimately built a new plant in Little Rock, Ark., that makes alternative fuel cubes from the diaper-making scrap.The new Fuel Technology Division of Balcones Resources was built in cooperation with Kimberly-Clark to help the company meet an objective of eliminating the landfilling of its manufacturing wastes at a significant cost savings."What we've done is develop an efficient, economically viable, dean-burning fuel made entirely from recycled material that is an alternative to burning coal or wood," says Steve Stone, a Balcones Resources vice president working out of the Little Rock plant.The recycled fuel product is manufactured at the new $2.5 million facility that features sizable slow-speed, high-torque shredders, conveyer lines and cubing machines. Material is shredded to a consistent size and then placed in a "cuber," or extrusion machine, where fuel cubes are extruded under pressure.The fuel cube, a block measuring roughly 1 inch by 2 inches, is marketed by Balcones as burning cleaner than coal at a comparable British thermal units (BTU) output, but priced more comparably to wood."Think of it this way," Stone says. "One truckload of our fuel cubes is equivalent to three truckloads of wood fuel when you compare the BTU values."The fuel cube, the first product developed by Balcones' Little Rock-based Fuel Technology Division, is being sold and marketed to industrial users who operate large boilers, such as paper mills or electrical generating plants.Stone says that for years recycling companies have been baling similar material and selling it as an alternative fuel, but the results were sometimes less than desirable, and the large bales could be difficult to handle.The challenge was to find the right "mix" of material that could be compressed into manageable size cubes--roughly the size of a lump of coal--that would burn as hot but cleaner.For three years, Balcones researched and tested processes at its Little Rock plant to create the right mix of materials, as well as worked to determine the proper shredding and compression processes, before finally developing what it feels is the right combination.THE END MARKET. The material for the fuel cube includes manufacturing waste from several Kimberly-Clark facilities in the southern U.S. that generate materials that are generally considered difficult to recycle. In some cases, the scrap includes large rolls of material from which some of Kimberly-Clark's consumer products are made that have been deemed damaged or are unsuitable for use.Formulating the fuel cubes cleared the first hurdle, but more work remained. "Of course, having the ability to produce a viable and economical alternative fuel is only half the challenge," says Stone. "You then have to sell it."An initial customer was found in the form of a large paper mill in southwest Arkansas that was waiting for just such an economical, alternative fuel. The paper mill is currently using approximately 60 tons of fuel cubes per day.Stone says Balcones Resources' Little Rock plant is currently producing about 1,600 tons of fuel cubes per month, but has the capacity to produce twice that amount per month should the materials generated and end markets merit it.In addition to the higher BTU values (an average range of from 12,400 to 13,500 BTUs per pound), the company has several selling points it lists to potential buyers of the cubes, including:* Consistent moisture levels, BTU values, purity and quality* Competitive prices with wood fuel on a cost per BTU basis* Stable pricing unaffected by other unstable markets* Reduced transportation and handling costs* Compatibility with most fuel feed systems* Comparability with President Bush's National Energy Policy, which endorses the use of alternative energy supplies to diversify the U.S. energy portfolio.The company says the cubes, made from 60 percent non-chlorinated petroleum derivatives and 40 percent cellulostic fibers from wood pulp, offer an environmental solution for business that is cost-efficient and dependable.In addition to Balcones Fuel Technology, the company also operates its established recycling operations in Texas and the Balcones Innovations Division in Little Rock. The Little Rock operations employ 30 people."Balcones Innovations is something of a research and development `think tank' where we look for bulk materials traditionally hard to recycle, like the material from diaper manufacturing, that otherwise would end up in the landfill," says Stone. "We develop an alternative use for this material. From there we try to define and build a market for those products."Currently, Balcones Innovations produces dairy towels made from some of the same material as the fuel cubes. The towels are much like a large paper towel that are used in the dairy industry for cleaning dairy cows when they are milked. The division also is producing absorbent products for containing oil, grease and general spills. The absorbent products can be customized to a customer's specific applications.Balcones Resources is a privately held corporation with operations in Austin and Dallas, Texas; Little Rock; and Nashville, Tenn.
LED Streetlamps
posted by SleeperService on May 26th, 2009 3:48 PM
I have to say that I personally find that the streets are perfectly lit. The fact that there is a reasonable amount of light around makes the neighborhood feel much safer. I feel that most american neighborhoods simply don't light their streets very well at all -- probably because they are designed to be used by cars and not people. I suspect that better lighting leads to less crime and lower isolation... although I've not studied the situation...Our master faces out into the street and I have no problem going to sleep at night and neither does my wife.Furthermore the parks are absolutely pathetically lit I suspect the amount of light in the southeast greenway could be produced by an anemic firebug with only one leg. I don't feel safe in any of the parks - lake, greenway, even emma long -- there are seriously large pools of darkness -- whoever designed the lighting on the approach to the pool has a few things to answer for in my book. I've been told that the wiring is in place for better lighting and people were waiting to see if they should use it -- I seriously hope they do.On a conciliatory note I participated in an all too brief chat about the lighting during the last public meeting I knew about and was told that the streetlamps and their light output were designed for when the trees planted in the streets are mature. Perhaps this will improve the situation for the posters. I think the trees are fast growers so it shouldn't be long.just my 2 euros.Ezra.
Earth Day Talk: Energy Efficiency...Muellerites Invited
posted by Rod on April 17th, 2009 11:34 AM
Dusty, Great post, thanks for the information. A press release on polluted waterways that will be discussed on "Frontline". I served on a Swiss National Science Foundation Panel held in Berne, Switzerland, about 6 months ago. One of the issues that several proposals were addressing was pollution of Swiss waterways with pharmaceuticals of various sorts. It seems that this press release is highlighting this. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/poisonedwaters/ "More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, two iconic waterways—the great coastal estuaries Puget Sound and the Chesapeake Bay—are in perilous condition. With polluted runoff still flowing in from industry, agriculture, and massive suburban development, scientists fear contamination to the food chain and drinking water for millions of people. A growing list of endangered species is also threatened in both estuaries. As a new president, Congress, and states set new agendas and spending priorities, FRONTLINE correspondent Hedrick Smith examines the rising hazards to human health and the ecosystem, and why it’s so hard to keep our waters clean. FRONTLINE EXAMINES NEWEST HEALTH HAZARDS IN NATION’S CONTAMINATED WATERWAYS FRONTLINE Presents POISONED WATERS Tuesday, April 21, 2009, from 9 to 11 P.M. ET on PBS http://www.pbs.org/frontline/poisonedwaters More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, iconic American waterways like the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound are in perilous condition and facing new sources of contamination. With polluted runoff still flowing in from industry, agriculture and massive suburban development, scientists note that many new pollutants and toxins from modern everyday life are already being found in the drinking water of millions of people across the country and pose a threat to fish, wildlife and, potentially, human health. In FRONTLINE’s Poisoned Waters, airing Tuesday, April 21, 2009, from 9 to 11 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith examines the growing hazards to human health and the ecosystem. “The ’70s were a lot about, ‘We’re the good guys; we’re the environmentalists; we’re going to go after the polluters,’ and it’s not really about that anymore,” Jay Manning, director of ecology for Washington state, tells FRONTLINE. “It’s about the way we all live. And unfortunately, we are all polluters. I am; you are; all of us are.” Through interviews with scientists, environmental activists, corporate executives and average citizens impacted by the burgeoning pollution problem, Smith reveals startling new evidence that today’s growing environmental threat comes not from the giant industrial polluters of old, but from chemicals in consumers’ face creams, deodorants, prescription medicines and household cleaners that find their way into sewers, storm drains, and eventually into America’s waterways and drinking water. “The environment has slipped off our radar screen because it’s not a hot crisis like the financial meltdown, war or terrorism,” Smith says. “But pollution is a ticking time bomb. It’s a chronic cancer that is slowly eating away the natural resources that are vital to our very lives.” In Poisoned Waters, Smith speaks with researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), who report finding genetically mutated marine life in the Potomac River. In addition to finding frogs with six legs and other mutations, the researchers have found male amphibians with ovaries and female frogs with male genitalia. Scientists tell FRONTLINE that the mutations are likely caused by exposure to “endocrine disruptors,” chemical compounds that mimic the body’s natural hormones. The USGS research on the Potomac River poses some troubling questions for the 2 million people who rely on the Washington Aqueduct for their drinking water. “The endocrine system of fish is very similar to the endocrine system of humans,” USGS fish pathologist Vicki Blazer says. “They pretty much have all the same hormone systems as humans, which is why we use them as sort of indicator species. ... We can’t help but make that jump to ask the question, ‘How are these things influencing people?’” “The long-term, slow-motion risk is already being spelled out in epidemiologic data, studies—large population studies,” says Dr. Robert Lawrence of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. “There are 5 million people being exposed to endocrine disruptors just in the Mid-Atlantic region, and yet we don’t know precisely how many of them are going to develop premature breast cancer, going to have problems with reproduction, going to have all kinds of congenital anomalies of the male genitalia, things that are happening at a broad low level so that they don’t raise the alarm in the general public.” Smith also investigates the state of Puget Sound’s environment, where decades of pollution have endangered such species as orca whales, whose carcasses have shown high levels of cancer-causing PCBs. “We thought all the way along that [Puget Sound] was like a toilet: What you put in, you flush out,” says Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, who notes that about 150,000 pounds of untreated toxins find their way into Puget Sound each day. “We [now] know that’s not true. It’s like a bathtub: What you put in stays there.” Smith reveals that some of today’s greatest pollution threats stem from urban sprawl and overdevelopment, as new housing and commercial developments send contaminated stormwater into rivers and bays, polluting local drinking-water supplies. Smith speaks with scuba diver Mike Racine, who describes runoff into the depths of Seattle’s Elliott Bay as a “brown, noxious soup of nastiness that is unbelievable.” “The irony is that everybody looks at that [picturesque] scene and thinks that it’s great; everything is right with the world in Elliott Bay,” Racine says. “But in point of fact, not 100 feet away from where they are drinking a nice glass of wine off their white linen, there is this unbelievable gunk coming out of the end of this pipe.” In addition to assessing the scope of America’s polluted-water problem, Poisoned Waters highlights several cases in which grassroots citizens’ groups succeeded in effecting environmental change: In South Park, Wash., incensed residents pushed for better cleanup of PCB contamination that remained from an old asphalt plant. In Loudon County, Va., residents prevented a large-scale housing development that would have overwhelmed already-strained stormwater systems believed to contribute to the contamination in Chesapeake Bay. Reversing decades of pollution and preventing the irreversible annihilation of the nation’s waterways, however, will require a seismic shift in the way Americans live their lives and use natural resources, experts say. “You have to change the way you live in the ecosystem and the place that you share with other living things,” says William Ruckelshaus, founding director of the Environmental Protection Agency. “You’ve got to learn to live in such a way that it doesn’t destroy other living things. It’s got to become part of our culture.” Poisoned Waters is a FRONTLINE co-production with Hedrick Smith Productions, Inc. Hedrick Smith is correspondent and senior producer. The program is produced by Marc Shaffer and directed by Rick Young. FRONTLINE is produced by WGBH Boston and is broadcast nationwide on PBS. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers. Major funding for FRONTLINE is provided by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Park Foundation. Major funding for Poisoned Waters is provided by The Seattle Foundation, The Russell Family Foundation, The Wallace Genetic Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment, The Merrill Family Foundation, The Abell Foundation, The Bullitt Foundation, the Park Foundation, and The Rauch Foundation. Additional funding is provided by The Town Creek Foundation, The Clayton Baker Trust, The Lockhart Vaughan Foundation, The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation, The Chesapeake Bay Trust, Louisa and Robert Duemling, Robert and Phyllis Hennigson, Robert Lundeen, The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, The Prince Charitable Trusts, Ron and Kathy McDowell, Valerie and Bill Anders, Bruce and Marty Coffey, The Foundation for Puget Sound, Janet Ketcham, Win Rhodes, The Robert C. and Nani S. Warren Foundation, Jim and Kathy Youngren, Vinton and Amelia Sommerville and Laura Lundgren. FRONTLINE is closed-captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers and described for people who are blind or visually impaired by the Media Access Group at WGBH. FRONTLINE is a registered trademark of WGBH Educational Foundation. The FRONTLINE executive producer for special projects is Michael Sullivan. The executive producer of FRONTLINE is David Fanning. pbs.org/pressroom Promotional photography can be downloaded from the PBS pressroom. Press contacts Diane Buxton (617) 300-5375 diane_buxton@wgbh.org Alissa Rooney (617) 300-5314 alissa_rooney@wgbh.org"
NY Times article- Walking to school
posted by Mike on March 27th, 2009 10:37 AM
I think this is a great article that fits into what this neighborhood is trying to achieve. My daughter is about 5 years away from participating, but it would be great to set something like this up. The big difference between just having kids walk to school is that this system has them walk with adults (safety) and allows the kids to spend time with their friends on the way to school. Mike http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/27/world/europe/27bus.html?_r=1&hp LECCO, Italy — Each morning, about 450 students travel along 17 school bus routes to 10 elementary schools in this lakeside city at the southern tip of Lake Como. There are zero school buses. In 2003, to confront the triple threats of childhood obesity, local traffic jams and — most important — a rise in global greenhouse gases abetted by car emissions, an environmental group here proposed a retro-radical concept: children should walk to school. They set up a piedibus (literally foot-bus in Italian) — a bus route with a driver but no vehicle. Each morning a mix of paid staff members and parental volunteers in fluorescent yellow vests lead lines of walking students along Lecco’s twisting streets to the schools’ gates, Pied Piper-style, stopping here and there as their flock expands. At the Carducci School, 100 children, or more than half of the students, now take walking buses. Many of them were previously driven in cars. Giulio Greppi, a 9-year-old with shaggy blond hair, said he had been driven about a third of a mile each way until he started taking the piedibus. “I get to see my friends and we feel special because we know it’s good for the environment,” he said. Although the routes are each generally less than a mile, the town’s piedibuses have so far eliminated more than 100,000 miles of car travel and, in principle, prevented thousands of tons of greenhouse gases from entering the air, Dario Pesenti, the town’s environment auditor, estimates. The number of children who are driven to school over all is rising in the United States and Europe, experts on both continents say, making up a sizable chunk of transportation’s contribution to greenhouse-gas emissions. The “school run” made up 18 percent of car trips by urban residents of Britain last year, a national survey showed. In 1969, 40 percent of students in the United States walked to school; in 2001, the most recent year data was collected, 13 percent did, according to the federal government’s National Household Travel Survey. Lecco’s walking bus was the first in Italy, but hundreds have cropped up elsewhere in Europe and, more recently, in North America to combat the trend. Towns in France, Britain and elsewhere in Italy have created such routes, although few are as extensive and long-lasting as Lecco’s. In the United States, Columbia, Mo.; Marin County, Calif.; and Boulder, Colo., introduced modest walking-bus programs last year as part of a national effort, Safe Routes To School, which gives states money to encourage students to walk or ride their bicycles. Although carbon dioxide emissions from industry are declining on both continents, those from transportation account for almost one-third of all greenhouse-gas emissions in the United States and 22 percent in European Union countries. Across the globe, but especially in Europe, where European Union countries have pledged to reduce greenhouse gas production by 2012 under the United Nations’ Kyoto protocol, there is great pressure to reduce car emissions. Last year the European Environmental Agency warned that car trips to school — along with food importing and low-cost air travel — were growing phenomena with serious implications for greenhouse gases. In the United States and in Europe, “multiple threads are warping traditional school travel and making it harder for kids to walk,” said Elizabeth Wilson, a transportation researcher at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Among those factors are a rise in car ownership; one-child families, often leery of sending students off to school on their own; cuts in school-bus service or charges for it as a result of school-budget cutbacks and fuel-price gyrations; and the decline of neighborhood schools and the rise of school choice, meaning that students often live farther from where they learn. Worse still, said Roger L. Mackett, professor at the Center for Transport Studies at University College in London, there is growing evidence that children whose parents drive a lot will become car-dependent adults. “You’re getting children into a lifelong habit,” he said. In Lecco, car use has proved a tenacious habit even though the piedibus has caught on. “Cars rule,” said Augosto Piazza, the founder of the city’s program, an elfin man with shining blue eyes, a bouncing gait and a yellow vest. As he “drove” along a bus route on a recent morning, store owners waved fondly to the familiar packs of jabbering children. Yet as they pulled up to Carducci School, dozens of private cars were parked helter-skelter for dropoffs in the small plaza outside as gaggles of mothers chatted on the sidewalk nearby. “I have two kids who go to different schools, plus their backpacks are so heavy,” said Manuela Corbetta, a mother in a black jacket and sunglasses, twirling her car keys as she explained why her children do not make the 15-minute trek. “Sometimes they have 10 notebooks, so walking really isn’t practical.” Some children are dropped off by parents on their way to work, and some others live outside the perimeter of the piedibus’s reach, although there are collection points at the edge of town for such children. But many live right along a piedibus route, Mr. Piazza noted. Yet other parents praised the bus, saying it had helped their children master street safety and had a ripple effect within the family. “When we go for shopping you think about walking — you don’t automatically use the car,” said Luciano Prandoni, a computer programmer who was volunteering on his daughter’s route. The city of Lecco contributes roughly $20,000 annually toward organizing and providing staff members for the piedibus. The students perform a public service of sorts: they are encouraged to hand out warnings to cars that park illegally and chastise dog owners who do not clean up. Naturally some children whine on rainy mornings. Participation drops 20 percent on such days, although it increases during snowfalls. On rainy days, “She says, ‘Mom, please take me,’ and sometimes I give in,” said Giovanna Luciano, who lives in the countryside and normally drops her daughter Giulia, 9, at a piedibus pickup point in a parking lot by a cemetery. To encourage use, children receive fare cards that are punched each day. The bus routes have distinctive names (the one through the graveyard is the mortobus), and compete for prizes like pizza parties for the students. Teachers have students write poems about the piedibus. In Britain, about half the local school systems now have some sort of incentives to encourage walking, although generally less formal ones than the piedibus, said Roger L. Mackett, a professor at the Center for Transport Studies at University College in London. “It’s quite a lot of effort to keep it going,” he said. “It’s always easier to put children in the back of the car. Once you’ve got your two or three cars, it takes effort not to use them.”
Austin--Chapter 28
posted by La_Verdad on February 22nd, 2009 4:14 PM
south-central-region/" rel="nofollow">http://austinivaw.wordpress.com/2009/01/13/announcing-winter-soldier-south-central-region/ Winter Soldier comes to Austin, Texas on February 28: Location: Central Presbyterian Church 200 East 8th Street Austin, TX 78701 Come listen to the men and women who were soldiers in Iraq & Afghanistan talk about their experiences, their reflections, their desire to have Americans learn about their experiences, their hopes for the future. General sites: http://ivaw.org/chapter/austin National site: http://ivaw.org
Garage Thieves WWMD?
posted by Kevin Ludlow on October 15th, 2008 10:58 PM
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Auto Mechanic
posted by Christina A on October 7th, 2008 1:24 PM
I had a great experience today while trying to coordinate having my car's state inspection, oil change etc before work. Found a great mechanic, Mark, at American Car Care Center. This small garage is on the southeast corner of Cameron Rd and 290. Mark has been in the business over 30 years and had his own business for 18. He caters to the local community and most of his customers are in the neighborhood. Just wanted to pass this along because they do great work, are trustworthy, and just around the corner. If you need anything I'd try this garage first. 459-1486
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