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Coat Drive

America Recycles Day is November 15th and we are celebrating with a coat drive!!!

Bring your gently used coats, jackets, and hoodies to the Brazos Center Pavillion on Tuesday, November 15th from 10 am to 6:30 pm in recognition of America Recycles Day!  The first 100 people to donate will receive a free long sleeved tee shirt!  All coats/jackets will be donated to Twin City Mission for distribution to those in need.

Handheld Device while Driving Ban

Neighborhood News:
Handheld Device While Driving Ban begins Nov. 9

Good Afternoon All,
 
 
Attached and below are items to help promote the City of College Station's mobile device driving ordinance that goes into effect Nov. 9. We need help informing students, their parents, residents and visitors. We need help from our citizens to  spread the word and share this information with neighbors and friends. Any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated.  Feel free share and use these tools however you see fit.
 
Also, we've partnered with Safe2Save (http://safe2save.org), a free smart phone app that rewards drivers for not using their cell phone while driving. Minutes of safe driving turn into points, and points can be redeemed for free or discounted items at several popular local eateries and retailers. http://facebook.com/safe2save
 

Video links to share::
  1. Police Chief Scott McCollum (2:51):http://bit.ly/2dGE8rq
  2. College Student (:30): http://bit.ly/2ey00qg
  3. Young Mom (:30): http://bit.ly/2f9mm2c
Also, for Frequently Asked Questions on the ban, please visit: www.cstx.gov/police or call CSPD non-emergency number at 764-3600.

Barbara Moore
Neighborhood Services Coordinator
1101 Texas Avenue
College Station, TX 77842
764-6262 

Missing: Child's Outside Ball

A resident's son is missing his big round orange ball with stars on it that blew away in the wind yesterday. The landscaping crew said they spotted the child's ball on Odell in Castlegate II. If you have any information please contact Carol Howe at 936-581-2599 or the office at 979-690-2330 email: office@hoapartners.net

Brazos County Master Gardeners Event

WHAT:   Are you interested in becoming a Master Gardener? Brazos County 2017 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Course

WHEN:  Accepting applications September 1, 2016 thru  November 1, 2016.

SCHEDULE:  Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. January through mid-May, 2017. Participants will complete qualifications by December 1, 2017.

FEE: $185

HOW TO APPLY: Applications are available at our website: brazosmg.com or by contacting the office of Brazos County Extension at 979-823-0129

Texas Master Gardener is a volunteer service program of The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. 

The program seeks gardeners with some experience and basic knowledge in horticulture. 

Applicants should also have a desire to volunteer and share their gardening knowledge with others individually and through group service projects.


Who: Brazos County Master Gardeners

What: Program: Useful Native Plants

When: October 25, 2016

Where: Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest, Bryan

Program Time: 7:00pm

Details of Program:   Learn about native plants used as herbs and food, as well as to make dyes and other useful items.

Presented by:  Henry Flowers is the Garden Director at the International Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas. Known for his expertise with herbs, Mr. Flowers is also recognized nationally for his culinary and creative abilities with plant materials. The public is invited at no charge. See brazosmg.com for more information.

Household Hazardous Waste and Computer Collection

HHW COLLECTION SCHEDULE:

Date: Saturday, October 22nd

Time: 7am-2pm

Where: University Services Building Enter from Harvey Rd. East, first entrance on the left after Veteran’s Park

**For more information see the link below

   http://twinoakslandfill.com/hhw-4/

Night at the Museum: Halloween Event

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and Bryan Broadcasting present the annual “Night at the Museum” Children’s Costume Contest and Trick-or-Treating Halloween Celebration, sponsored by Atkinson Toyota. 

This event involves trick-or-treating through the museum, carnival games, refreshments, snacks, bounce houses, Bus 12, face painting, a holiday photo op, and a costume contest! The event will take place on Sunday, October 30, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
 

Reservations are not required, but highly encouraged. Please Register below!


Register Here

Seminar Supper Oct. 10th w/ Charla Anthony

Good Morning Neighbors!!

It’s time for another Seminar Supper! We will kick off our Fall Seminar Supper on October 10 at 6:00 pm at City Hall in Council Chambers. We are so grateful to Charla Anthony, Texas A&M Agrilife Horticulture Extension Agent, as our speaker. She also leads the Brazos Valley Master Gardeners program in our area. Charla has a wealth of knowledge on earth-friendly horticulture, landscaping and gardening. I’m sure many of you have read her columns in the Eagle on gardening and horticulture or attended one of her presentations. She will share with us from the Earth-Kind Program being used by Agrilife to promote earth-friendly landscaping and horticulture in our region. This will be a great seminar with lots of valuable information.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP or call. Also, please pass this along to neighbors and friends.

Thanks

Update: Greens Prarie Trail Widening Project

  TXDOT’s contractor Knife River plans to begin work on the improvements at the intersection of Greens Prairie Trail & FM 2154 on October 24th. The scope of TXDOT’s project includes adding right and left turn lanes on FM 2154 at the intersection in both the north and south direction. As well as changing the vertical grades of the intersection to help accommodate a smooth transition over the new railroad crossing. The project manager for the TXDOT project is Connie Flickinger.

Also, Greens Prairie Trail between I&GN and FM 2154 and the new railroad crossing  are planned to be opened for use on October 25th. With the opening of Greens Prairie Trail the traffic signal at the intersection with FM 2154 will become active and Brazos County will close the railroad crossing at Straub Road on October 26th. With the new signal coming on line I would request that everyone use caution when approaching the intersection from all approaches and obey the commands of the signal. The vehicles along FM 2154 will have to get used to being mandated to stop at this intersection as well as seeing cross traffic from a 4 leg intersection. 

 


 

The City’s contractor Hassell Construction will begin to place traffic control for phase 1 of the widening project on Monday, October 3rd. With the placement of traffic control along Greens Prairie Trail from FM 2154 to Royder Road. Construction activities will begin immediately on the outside sections of the proposed roadway. Click on the link provided below where you can access the full set of plans. The duration of the project is 9 months and the anticipated completion date is July 2017.

 http://cstx.gov/index.aspx?page=3997

For those who have mail boxes along Greens Prairie Trail, the contractor will be temporarily relocating them to the northwest corner of the Flagstone & Greens Prairie Trail so that the mail currier can access them.

As the project progresses we will provide updates when there are  major construction items that will change the effect of the project for the community (Phase Switch, Road Closures, etc.).

Found Sports Equipment

Bags of sporting equipment were found at the Castlegate back lake on Tuesday. September 20th. If anyone has any information on who the owner maybe please contact our office at 979-690-2330 or via email office@hoapartners.net

**To make sure the bags are returned to the rightful owner he/she must identify what is in them

Neighborhood News September 16, 2016

     SeeClickFix: Simple way to report issues to city

Here is our latest video highlighting SeeClickFix, an online site that allows users to report code enforcement-related issues. To learn more about the site, click here

 
Free Shred Day- Oct. 1- City Hall Parking Lot
Bring old documents out to the free Shred Day event on Oct. 1 at the College Station City Hall Parking Lot from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by Embassy Records Management and Storage. Protect yourself from identity theft by shredding personal documents that contain sensitive information. For more information, call 764-3445.

No handheld devices while driving goes in to effect Nov. 9

The College Station City Council adopted an ordinance in August 2016 banning the use of hand-held communication devices while driving a motor vehicle or bicycle in the city limits. The ban on handheld devices while driving begins on Nov. 9. 2016.
 
For more information on the ban and how it will work, click here for a list of frequently asked questions and answers.

Household Hazardous Waste & Computer Collection- Oct.22
The annual Fall Household Hazardous Waste and Computer Collection is Oct. 22 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the University Services Building on Harvey Road, the first entrance on the left after Veterans Park. 
 
To find out more about what items are accepted, click here.
National Night Out - Oct. 4

 The goal of National Night Out is to heighten awareness of crime prevention, to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. National Night Out is Tuesday, Oct. 4.
 
 All residents are encouraged to step outside to mingle with their neighbors and to visit with local law enforcement officers, who will be stopping at neighborhood block parties throughout the evening. Interested in organizing a block party for your neighborhood or apartment complex? College Station residents: http://cstx.gov/nno ; Bryan residents: (979) 209-5539.

There will also be a National Night Out Kickoff Party on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Target in Bryan. -

http://bit.ly/2ag8ctU



Fall Parks Guides now available
The Fall Parks Guide is now available electronically and in hard copies. Attached is the electronic copy of the Parks Guides. Hard copies of the guide can be found at all city facilities and the Parks and Recreation Department at Central Park on Krenek Tap Road.

 

City of College Station still providing free mosquito dunks

Residents of neighborhood and homeowners associations have long benefited from mosquito dunks provided through the City of College Station's Mosquito Abatement Program. To help prevent the spread of Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, the city continues to provide free dunks to residents who don't belong to an HOA.
 
Mosquito dunks will be available while supplies last at the Neighborhood Services and City Secretary's offices at City Hall, located at 1101 Texas Ave. Office hours are
9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. on weekdays. To check availability, call 979-764-3500 or
 
Neighborhood and homeowner's associations not already participating in the mosquito abatement program may call the Neighborhood Services Office at 979-764-6262. Associations must be registered members of the city's Neighborhood Partnership Program to be eligible.
 
Program applications and more information on reducing the mosquito breeding population in and around your home can be found at cstx.gov/neighbor.
 
For more information about Brazos County's efforts to deal with mosquitoes and the Zika virus, click here.

 
Neighborhood Grants

The city can assist registered associations with improvement projects such as gateway signage or community gardens. More

Mosquito Abatement

Are mosquitoes causing a buzz in your area? Registered associations can buy abatement products from the city and get reimbursed. More

Reporting Violations

Know the rules before reporting on possible noise or animal code violations. More

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