Special BNA Meeting August 6

From Don Smith, BNA President:

I’m calling a special meeting of the neighborhood association for Tuesday, August 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Blackland Neighborhood Center. As you probably know, UT is moving full-steam ahead with their master plan for the ‘East Campus’. Bo McCarver, Ora Houston and I have met with the planners on two occasions since the initial meeting between them and the entire N.A. and we have attended two work sessions at the university. The proposed plan, while not yet final, is very likely to move ahead with only minor tweaks and we’d like to inform all of you of what’s in the plan. We need to have a conversation about the plan, its impact on our neighborhood and our response to it. The next meeting at UT is on August 14 and we need to be prepared to voice our concerns and expectations at that time.

We also need to have a discussion about how we will respond, irrespective of what the university decides to do. Hint: this discussion should segue nicely into another discussion that we need to have regarding parking in the neighborhood. We have a problem on Alamo between 20th Street and MLK and it needs to be addressed. The business on the northeast corner – the house that has housed a number of businesses over the years – currently has a business with six or more employees and zero off-street parking. They’re also a business that has clients in and out all day. A couple of days ago there was an emergency at United Way and when emergency vehicles arrived they were unable to turn onto the street; they were forced to make the block and enter from the other side of the building.

Please plan to attend this meeting and let your neighbors know about it as well. When Bo, Ora and I go back to the university with a neighborhood response it needs to be a consensus response from as many of us as possible.

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Unusual Air Traffic, Too

Today, November 14, and this weekend, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is scheduled to conduct chemical and radiological aerial surveys over downtown Austin and the Circuit of the Americas racetrack at the request of the City of Austin and Travis County.

A USEPA aircraft will fly above the area and conduct environmental monitoring designed to ensure safe air quality before and during various events associated with the Formula One race. The environmental data gathered from these aerial surveys will be used for preparedness activities associated with the race.

Tomorrow’s aerial surveys downtown and at the racetrack and those conducted in the early morning hours of November 16, 17 and 18 at the track will be noticeable by the public. The aircraft is an Aero Command 680 and is clearly marked with “U.S. EPA” on both wings.

The aircraft will fly over the survey area in a series of straight lines at 500 feet and 2,800 feet above ground level. The aircraft will fly slowly at about 115 mph. The public may see and hear the aircraft at the 500 foot level but will likely not notice anything at the 2,800 foot level. Each survey should take about 30 minutes to an hour to complete.

The USEPA has contacted and obtained clearances from the Federal Aviation Administration and the State of Texas. For additional information on the USEPA aircraft, go to www.epaosc.org/aspect.

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Expect Heavy Traffic On MLK This Weekend

From BNA’s insider at UT…

The City of Austin is hosting the Circuit of Americas Formula 1 Race and Austin Fan Fest 2012 this coming weekend (Friday, November 16, 2012 through Sunday, November 18, 2012). The University has partnered with the city by allowing Centennial Park to be the shuttle pick-up and drop-off point for those attending the race. This will result in heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the area bound by Trinity, 15th Street, MLK, and the I35 frontage road. Additionally various street and lot closures will occur throughout the weekend. A map of these areas can be found at http://www.utexas.edu/parking/formula1.html

For more information about the events go to the following websites:

Austin Fan Fest 2012 information can be found at http://austinfanfest.com/

Circuit of the Americas (Formula 1) information can be found at http://circuitoftheamericas.com/

Be prepared, neighbors!

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Blackland Miracle: November Edition

The November edition of the Blackland Miracle will soon be delivered to your door, but if you want to read it before then, you can download the electronic copy by clicking this link: Blackland Miracle November 2012.

Enjoy it in good health, neighbors!

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Blackland Fall-Fun-Fest: Friday 10/26

The Blackland Fall-Fun-Fest will be this Friday, Oct. 26, 5 – 7 p.m. at 22nd and Salina Streets. Fun-and-Games have been planned; hotdogs, nachos and drinks will be served.

Every child in attendance will get a goodie bag. Folks are encouraged to wear a costume and be prepared for a good time.

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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Saturday, September 29th from 10:00am-2:00pm

Please clean-out your medicine cabinets of expired or unwanted prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, insulin, needles, etc. and dispose of them safely on Saturday, Sept 29 at any of four Austin locations.

This is a one-day free and anonymous service that will safely dispose of your medicines and ensure that they don’t get into the wrong hands or pollute our waterways.

Austin Locations

  • CENTRAL – University of Texas Student Services Center (100 West Dean Keeton; 78712)
  • NORTHEAST – Cornerstone Church (1101 Reinli Street; 78723)
  • SOUTHEAST – City of Austin Household Hazardous Waste Facility (2514 Business Center Drive; 78744)
  • WEST – Barton Creek Square Mall (2901 S. Capital of Texas Highway; 78746)

All locations open Saturday, Sept 29 from 10:00am-2:00pm

For a list of all Texas Take-Back locations visit www.dea.gov

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Cycling in the African American Community

Help increase cycling in the African American community by taking part in a study on perceptions of cycling.

What will you do?
Participants will take part in a safety training session that includes an expert- guided bike ride. Rides begin at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop located at 400 Nueces St. (4th and Nueces).
Sessions can be expected to take up to 3 hours, including a pre and post survey. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Bring your own bike, or a rental from Mellow Johnny’s will be provided to you at no cost.

Upcoming Dates

  • Oct. 5th – 10 a.m.
  • Oct. 6th – 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
  • Oct. 7th – 3 p.m.
  • Oct. 26th – 10 a.m.
  • Oct. 27th – 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
  • Oct. 28th – 3 p.m.

To schedule a session or for more information, contact Dr. Talia McCray of UT Austin.

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3rd Annual Cash on the Green

When: Sunday, June 3rd from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: Red River & 45th
More Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/356866477692235/

Blackland’s own Daniel Tucek and his band, The Band in Black, will be headlining the concert/event.

This Johnny Cash-themed event, on the lawn between the school and the church at the SE corner of Red River & 45th, is FREE and open to the public!

Come celebrate neighborhood – bring a picnic lunch! So many wonderful folks to connect with!
Bring family, friends, a blanket or lawn chairs, your dog, etc. All are welcome! Invite a friend!

There’s even going to be an inflatable water slide for the kids. Water provided compliments of Cielo Water.

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2012 “100%” Art Exhibit At The Carver Museum

Come visit and enjoy the 2012 “100%” exhibit and fundraiser at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. This exhibition fundraiser is designed to represent the entire community of Austin. The project idea celebrates the many diverse faces who make up the wonderful fabric of Austin. “100%” hopes to bring the artist, community leader, student, politician, mom and pop, civic activist, religion leader, infant, senior and Joe the citizen together in the name of art.

All of the artwork will be included in the silent auction throughout the exhibition. Proceeds from the sales will be directed to the Carver’s Arts in Education progams. Reception Thursday, April 26, 6:30 – 8:00.

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
1165 Angelina Street
(512) 974-4926

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