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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


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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

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.


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 
Reservations are not required, but if you would like to make them email

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!

City Secretary's Office - Council Basics 101

On Monday, July 11, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., the City Secretary’s Office will conduct a Council Basics 101 for anyone considering running for local office.  The public will hear from the City Secretary, City Attorney, and City Manager on a variety of topics.    

The program is designed to help potential candidates better understand the requirements, duties and limitations of the office, as well as open meetings laws and conflicts of interest. We’ll also cover our form of government, the role of City staff, and the critical issues facing the City. Our goal is to help potential candidates make an informed decision about entering a political race and to gain an accurate understanding about what’s expected, if elected.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation, and the Candidate Packets will also be reviewed at that time.

The positions of Mayor and Councilmember, Place 2, will be on the ballot this coming November.  The first day to file for either position will be July 25 (July 23 is a Saturday, so it has been moved to the following Monday). For more information, the City Secretary’s Office can be reached at 764-3500.

Thank you and have a great day!

George Bush Library Summer Programs


Check out our upcoming events!

The Bush Library and Museum is proud to present our upcoming events for this summer.  We have our 4th of July Celebration, Movies by the Pond, Bush Birthday Celebration and more!  For more information on our upcoming events, please click on the hyperlink for more details.
Monday, July 4
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. The Museum will be open from 9:30a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with free admission for everyone all day. Join us for live music, food, and fireworks.


For more information call (979) 691-4014, or


July 11 - August 12

Join us at the Bush Library and Museum to be a part of our full day exploring history summer camp, Transportation: Riding, Driving and Flying into the Future! Weekly camp sessions will be filled with Museum exploration, outside activities, crafts, art class, games and a field trip to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute! The camp will educate children in a creative and hands-on setting that will be sure to engage children ages 7 to 11! 

For more information, visit or contact Monica Lerma at



Workshop Series: Cut Water Bill and Grow your Landscape

Good Morning, Neighbors!

Below is a link to a Youtube video with City of College Station Water Services Coordinator Jennifer Nations promoting a 3 part series for neighborhoods and residents on ways to cut your water bill and still grow your landscaping. Jennifer partnered with the Brazos Valley Master Gardeners to put together this very informative workshop just in time for the summer. As we know, summers in the Brazos Valley are when water bills increase and landscaping can suffer from the heat. Please consider attending one of these workshops to find ways to lower your water bill and save your plants and shrubs. There will be prizes and give ways at the workshops. Pass the information along to other neighbors and friends that maybe interested in attending as well.


Barbara Moore, MPA

City of College Station

Neighborhood Services Coordinator


Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste


FYI a message from Twin Oaks: "The Twin Oaks Household Hazardous Wastes & Pharmaceutical & Electronics Collection Event will be held on Saturday April 30, from 7am until 2pm at the University Services Complex.

The event may be accessed from Harvey Road East of HWY 6. Take the first left after Veteran’s Park. No entry will be allowed from University Drive.

BRING IT! Paint, Batteries, ... View more Pesticides, Herbicides, Fertilizers, Pool Chemicals, Gasoline, Old TV’s, Computers, Monitors & Old Medication. Call (979) 764-3809 or visit for more information.

During the event, we will also be collecting used books for Books and a Blanket. Visit to learn how your book donations benefits children in our community."

Thank you and Be Safe!

Officer Dustyn Jansky from College Station Police Department  

Castlegate Community Survey Results

The Castlegate community survey results have been compiled into a summmary report. Please see the attached document for the results of the survey.

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