Community News

Greens Prarie Road Closed

The County is closing Greens Prairie Rd to fix a culvert that washed out when we had the heavy rains back in May. It will be closed for two to three weeks. It will be closed right past the Green Prairie Road entrances to Castlegate II. Any questions about this would best be answered by the Brazos County Roads and Bridge Department.

Thank you

Lincoln Center Expansion Public Meeting on Wednesday 8/3/2016

Good Afternoon,

Below is a link to a WTAW interview with College Station Parks & Recreation Manager Kelly Kelbly about the Lincoln Center Expansion and the public meeting tonight from 6 to 8 pm. We hope many in the city will come out and see the proposed plans for the expansion and the renovation of the existing facility.

 

http://wtaw.com/2016/08/02/lincoln-recreation-center-public-information-session/

 

Survey from Off-Campus Student Services

Good Morning Neighbors!

Below is a survey from the Texas A&M Off-Campus Student Services Office. For those that live in neighborhood without college students, this survey may or may not be of interest to you. If this survey is of interest to you, please participate by filling it out and forwarding it along to other neighbors and friends. The last day they survey will be available is August 15, 2016.

Off-Campus Student Services at Texas A&M needs your help! Our office is currently trying to identify the top three concerns that revolve around college students and the Bryan/College Station communities in which they dwell. Seeing that you are likely neighbors with college students, we ask that you participate in a short survey that will help our office in better understanding the needs of the community and how those needs can be met in order to improve neighborhood and community relations.

To access this short survey, CLICK HERE.

Monarch Butterfly Community Workshop

Home owner and neighborhood associations are invited to have a representative attend "Monarch Butterflies and Other Pollinators Habitat" community meeting and workshop on Friday, July 29, 2016, 1:30 pm, USDA Conference Room, 1001 Holleman Drive East, College Station, Tx. (Southwest of Post Oak Mall). 

    Registration is needed for educational materials and to reserve a space until limit is reached. Register - AMGC4U@gmail.com - E-mail name, organization name, and contact telephone number. No fee. Registration open until spaces are filled. A flyer is attached.

    Learn more about the monarch butterfly habitats, pollinator patches at community parks/schools and/or homes, and receive educational materials on milkweed and pollinators. Attendees will receive two types of seeds for Monarch Butterflies.

    First, seed packets of a Butterfly Retreat wildflower mix from the City of College Station Parks Department that will cover over 20 square feet will be given to attendees. To plant an area at a city park, contact the College Station Parks and Recreation Department to sign up. College Station Parks and Recreation has provided seeds for 3 to 5 acres of community parks - Veterans Park & Athletic Complex, Richard Carter Park, Stephen C Beachy Central Park, Memorial Cemetery, and Aggie Field of Honor have been planted with milkweed earlier this year. This is a part of the Mayor's Monarch Pledge activities.

    Second, swamp milkweed seeds to be refrigerated/stratified and then prepared to be planted in early spring will be given to attendees. Barbara Keller-Willy, Monarch Gateway Director, one of the speakers, has several projects in Texas and has 43,000 milkweed plants allotted for restoration projects. You'll also receive a treepot seedling container flat donated by Brazos Valley Tree Farm, to start your milkweed plants.

    Also, register your butterfly garden - go to the A&M Garden Club web page - AMGardenClub.com - for directions to register in the National Pollinator Garden Network. Let’s be sure that Monarchs have a place to find nectar flowers and milkweed. If I can assist you, please let me know.  

    The A&M Garden Club is coordinating the meeting, with the Texas Master Naturalists Brazos Valley; the Parks & Recreation Departments of College Station, Bryan, and Navasota; Monarch Gateway; and USDA/TAMU Future Scientists Program and other groups. Gardening related groups and individuals interested in their own landscape or at a community park or school should register to attend.

    Thanks. Hope you can attend if you'd like to attract monarch butterflies to your garden.

-- Jane Cohen, A&M Garden Club Butterfly Chair

Free Smart Irrigation Workshops

Free Sprinkler Spruce Up Workshop - July 23
If learning how to program your sprinkler controller, spot irrigation leaks, and cut your water bill rank high among your summer goals, you'll want to attend this free workshop hosted by College Station Water Services on July 23 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m at the Castlegate II Event Center located at 4205 Norwich Drive.
 
Participating households will receive a rain gauge, soil moisture meter, and a $25 gift card to a home improvement store.
 

Castlegate Park - Graffiti

We received a report Thursday morning July 14 that someone had painted with tar graffiti on the basketball court. Here is the reply from the Parks Dept on damage:

Robert with College Station Parks went over to the park to try and remove the graffiti. They tried pressure washing it and it got some of the tar off but was starting to peel the paint on the court. They also tried graffiti remover that didn't work so they are trying to come up with a solution. Robert said that they may have to paint over it. while they cannot use regular paint because it can get slick and become a safety hazard. There is a special kind of paint they use that has sand in it or they would have to bulldoze the entire court and redo it.

If anyone has any information about the vandelism will you please contact the park department at: 979-764-3486

Fireworks tips for a safe Fourth of July

PLEASE SECURE YOUR PETS

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CSFD: 13 fireworks tips for a safe Fourth of July

If your Independence Day celebrations include fireworks, College Station Fire Department encourages you to stay safe and follow the law.

“Possession or discharge of fireworks within the city limits of College Station or Bryan, or within 5,000 feet of the city limits, is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,000,” said College Station Deputy Fire Marshal Eric Dotson. “Fireworks stands are located outside the enforcement zone, so any use of fireworks should take place even farther out.”

Dotson adds that you should make sure you have the landowner’s permission before any celebrating begins.

13 ways to be safe with fireworks

If fireworks will be part of your Fourth of July celebration, please follow these safety guidelines:

  • Always read and follow label directions
  • Always have an adult present
  • Only buy from reliable fireworks sellers
  • Only ignite fireworks outdoors
  • Have water handy
  • Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks
  • Light only one at a time
  • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks
  • Never give fireworks to small children
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
  • Dispose of fireworks properly
  • Never throw fireworks at another person
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket

Know the risks

The National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of consumer fireworks and, instead, encourages people to enjoy public displays conducted by trained professionals whenever possible. Some facts from the NFPA:

· In 2008, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 7,000 people for fireworks-related injuries. Fifty-three percent of the injuries were to the extremities and 37 percent were to the head.

· Forty percent of the victims of fireworks in 2008 were under the age of 15. The risk of fireworks injury was at least two-and-a-half times higher for children ages 10-14 as for the general population.

· Sparklers, fountains, and novelties accounted for 32 percent of all emergency room fireworks injuries in 2008.

· Fireworks caused an estimated 1,400 total structure fires and 500 vehicle fires reported to fire departments in 2008. These fires resulted in $42 million in direct property damage.

For more information, contact Bart Humphreys, College Station Fire Department’s Public Information Officer, at 979-764-3708 or at bhumphreys@cstx.gov.

On the Web:
College Station Fire Department
National Fire Protection Association

Free Smart Irrigation Workshops

Hello Neighbors,

Attached is a flyer for the next two upcoming water irrigation workshops and a link to the blog.

http://bit.ly/28Sc3Ik

 

Have a great day!

4th of July Celebration at George Bush Library

“I Love America” Fourth of July Celebration

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is proud to host the College Station Noon Lions Club's "I Love America" Fourth of July Celebration, July 4, 2016 at the George Bush Presidential Library Center at Texas A&M University.

Free parking is available at Fan Field, the gravel parking lot on Research Parkway on the Texas A&M University campus. There will not be shuttles from West Campus Garage or Reed Arena. Handicapped parking is available in Lot 41 in front of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum entrance. Come early and bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets. Please, no pets or glass containers.

Schedule of Events:

9:30 a.m. – 8:15 p.m. -- The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum open with free admission all day

5:30 p.m. -- Concession Stands Open

Roasted Corn, Snow Cones, Ice Cream, Kettle Corn, Roasted Nuts, Slovacek’s Sausage, Coca-Cola Beverages, Water and Free Watermelon

6:00 - 8:30 p.m. -- Kids' Zone open with games and bounce houses for children. New this year: Selfie Booth and Paw Paw's Train rides

6 p.m. -- Performance by Xchange

8:45 p.m. -- Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra 

9:30 p.m. -- Fireworks Show

For more information, please call (979) 691-4014 or visit http://bush41.org/ 
Reservations are not required, but if you would like to make them email reservations.bush@nara.gov.

Smart Irrigation Workshop Saturday 6/25/16

Hello Neigbors,

Attached is a flyer for an irrigation workshop Water Services is hosting THIS Saturday morning at Pebble Creek Country Club.

Have a great day!

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