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George Bush Presidential Library Movie by the Pond

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs as we enjoy the movie "Herbie Fully Loaded" on September 19th under the stars by the presidential pond. You may bring your coolers, but please no pets or glass containers.

Games and free refreshments will begin at 7 p.m., and the movie will start just after sundown.

Other activities include: 

  • Bounce houses
  • Games
  • Face Painting 
  • Refreshments 
  • Popcorn 
  • Pretzels 
  • Nachos 
  • Pickles 
  • Snow Cones 

The movie, food and activities are all FREE of charge, just show up and have a great time. The BCS/CVB mobile visitors center will also be on location.

For more information and to register call 979-691-4014 or visit http://bush41.org/events-listing

 

Aggie Swim Club Tryouts

Tryouts start September 1st for the swim club. The flyer is attached below for more information.

Back to School Safety Tips

Back To School Safety Tips

August 22, 2016 - Back To School Safety Tips

On the way to school:

  • Plan a walking route to school or the bus stop. Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have crossing guards.
  • Walk the route with your child beforehand. Tell him or her to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields and other places where there aren't many people around.
  • Teach your child never to talk to strangers or accept rides or gifts from strangers. Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children don't know well or trust.
  • Be sure your child walks to and from school with a sibling, friend, or neighbor.
  • Teach your kids -- whether walking, biking, or riding the bus to school -- to obey all traffic signals, signs and traffic officers. Remind them to be extra careful in bad weather.
  • When driving kids, deliver and pick them up as close to the school as possible. Don't leave until they are in the schoolyard or building.
  • Be sure that your child knows his or her home phone number and address, your work number.

After School Safety:

  • If the kids are alone after school for a short time, make sure that they follow some basic guidelines.
    • They should keep the doors locked.
    • They should never tell someone on the phone that there are no adults at home. Teach them to say that you can’t come to the phone right now.
    • Post a list of emergency phone numbers near the phone.
    • Have them call you at work or on your cell phone as soon as they arrive home.
    • Set up rules on what kind of food they can fix. Younger children should never use the stove without adult supervision.
    • Be sure to set up guidelines on who they can have over (if anyone) and what they are allowed to do.
    • Make sure that your child has the number of another trusted adult and knows how to call 911 for emergencies.

What should parents do now for child safety this school year?

* Familiarize yourself with school or provider drop-off and pick-up practices and then be sure you always follow them.

One of the biggest complaints by school officials is that parents find a reason to be an exception to the rule. If the curb or sign says "No stopping, standing or parking at any time," that means everyone. If children are required to use designated cross walks, don't walk your child across the middle of a street just because you're holding his or her hand. If traffic is supposed to be one way at designated times, be prepared to change your traffic pattern. And, if an area is designated for teacher parking only, then don't grab a space to drop off your child because you think it's just for "a couple of minutes."

* Discuss the rules with your child and practice with younger ones. If possible, take your child to the drop-off area and "practice" the procedure at an off-peak time. Have your child wear his backpack (if required) and walk him through what to look for, what to do, and what not to do. If crossing guards are utilized, explain their purpose and how they must wait for approval to cross. Younger children understand best by actually "doing" a routine instead of just being told about it. Familiarity and then repetition are the best guidelines for ensuring child safety all school year long.

* Resist the urge to speed or make any traffic rules exception because you are running late. Whipping your car around, getting your child to dash out of the car to reach the classroom before the school bell rings, or encouraging a "drop-and-dash" drop-off is the recipe for disaster in terms of child safety. You would rather your child receive a tardy notice than to be in an accident.

* Know all traffic rules concerning school zones and traffic flows. Remember, ignorance of the law is not an excuse. Drive your pattern now and familiarize yourself with the various speed zones. Be aware of which side of the car your child sits, and consider positioning her to the side most convenient for exiting. If your child is in a "drop" situation, see if the child seat or booster seat is something he can put on or off safely; the same holds true for lap belts and shoulder harnesses.

* Do not use your cell phone, palm, or any other distracting device while in or around school zones. This common-sense advice really applies whenever a motorist is behind the wheel, but especially when in a driving situation around young children and their perhaps spontaneous actions – it is now a law not to use these devices in a school zone.

The safety of our community does not have borders. It is the goal of every law enforcement agency to protect the citizens that we serve. Be the eyes and ears of your police department. When you see suspicious activity contact the Bryan Police Department or the Brazos County Sheriff’s Department at 979-361-3888; contact the College Station Police Department at 979-764-3600. Together we can make a difference in our community. Hear It - See It - Report It

Lost Dog found in Castlegate

Small black female dog (Scottish terrier?) found on Newark Circle in Wentworth subdivision of Castlegate at 1 pm today. Has a light blue collar with no tags or contact information. Number/letter code is printed directly on collar, may be for microchip..

Contact our office with any information 979-690-2330 or email office@hoapartners.net or call Caitlin at 210-260-4204.

Neighborhood News - August 8, 2016

                                

Neighborhood News
Information on College Station events and services.
Podcast: Why our citizen survey results look like other Texas cities'
Last spring, the city of College Station conducted its first comprehensive citizen survey in four years. In this edition of the podcast, City Manager Kelly Templin tells Communications Director Jay Socol which survey results really stood out to him and why some of those results are being seen in almost every Texas city.

 
Blog Post: 5 ways you can make single-stream recycling work even better
If you're a homegrown, organic eatin', treehuggin' hippie like me, Recycling & Environmental Compliance Manager Heather Woolwine, you'll find a way to recycle no matter where you are. Our enthusiasm for recycling sometimes makes for cheeky comments from family and friends because, like most people, they prefer a realistic and reasonable level of convenience. That's where College Station's new single-stream recycling program comes in.

 

 

Four City Council seats at stake in  November election

The mayor's seat and three places on the College Station City Council are at stake in the Nov. 8 general election. The deadline for filing for Mayor and Place 2 is Aug. 22, and the deadline for Place 3 and 4 is Aug. 25.
 
Mayor (General Election)
Full three-year term.
 
Place 2 (General Election)
Full three-year term.
 
Place 3 (Special Election)
One-year term to complete the unexpired term of Karl Mooney, who is running for mayor. The current term expires in November 2017.
 
Place 4 (Special Election)
Two-year term to complete the unexpired term of John Nichols, who is running for mayor. The current term expires in November 2018.
 
Eligibility
Candidates must be at least 18 years old, U.S. citizens, qualified Texas voters, and College Station residents for at least one year prior to Election Day. Candidate information packets are available at the City Secretary's Office at College Station City Hall, located at 1101 Texas Ave.
 
Important Dates
Aug. 22 - Candidate filing deadline- For Mayor and Place 2
Aug. 25-  Candidate filing deadline for Places 3 and 4
Oct. 11 - Voter registration deadline
Oct. 24-Nov. 4 - Early voting
Nov. 8 - Election Day
 
For additional information and a list of candidates, visit cstx.gov.elections 

 Citizen's Police Academy accepting applications

 
The next session of Citizen's Police Academy starts Tuesday, Aug. 30 and is held for 11 weeks from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the College Station Police Department.
 
For complete details and to apply, visit cstx.gov/cpa
 
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



City's Community Services Department has moved
The Community Services Department has moved from 1207 Texas Avenue (next to city hall) to 511 University Drive East. Community Services is comprised of Code Enforcement, Community Development and Northgate District Operations.

Also housed at this location is the police department's Community Enhancement officers, Animal Control and the motorcycle officers.
 

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

   
   

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.
 
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