WNA officer elections at the September meeting

As past WNA President Chris Gregory stated eloquently at the end of his term:
“WNA is a group of good (and interesting, funny, and caring) people who happily welcome all neighbors into their group and make them feel that they are a part. If you have thought about serving WNA as an officer, or becoming a member, please consider joining us at our September meeting when we elect officers.” Continue reading

Traffic Calming Proposal – Current State

Presently we’ve submitted our neighborhood preferences for traffic calming to our city council member representative Leslie Pool, which includes traffic calming on Fairfield. Michael Joseph Gaudini is our point person on this issue in her office.

The Transportation Department first has to put together a proposal to make a bulk purchase of the calming devices, which Council will then approve in the next few months. After that, they’ll get to work installing all of the devices, though they don’t know yet how they’ll prioritize the installation scheduling.

Be the key to drive a senior

For most of us, car keys represent freedom and independence. According to the American Association for Retired People, more than 95 percent of seniors want to stay in their homes as long as possible, but the key to remaining independent is transportation. When driving is no longer an option, running simple errands like getting to the grocery store, doctor’s office, or beauty shop is a critical challenge. Staying connected is essential to healthy aging, but without transportation, many seniors feel stuck and alone.

Every day, more than 10,000 Americans turn 65. In Austin, the number of people age 60 and older is growing and expected to more than double in 10 years, creating a significant mobility gap. For thousands of senior citizens in our community, not having transportation may mean they are no longer able to stay in their own homes. Sometimes, public transportation isn’t available where they live or when they need it, and often there is simply no one available to give them a ride.

Volunteering to be a Drive a Senior driver is easy and flexible.

  • No long-term commitment is required
  • Choose the times and locations most convenient for you
  • Organize drives around your schedule – weekly, monthly, or as convenient
  • Schedule drives from your computer or by phone
  • Drive seniors living nearby (area bounded by Burnet Road, FM 1325, IH-35 and W 45th Street)

To volunteer, please call 512-453-2273, email nc@driveasenior.org or go to www.driveasenior.org.   Drive a Senior is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Connect with your neighborhood online

Click around. You’ll find all kinds of information of interest to our neighborhood. You just know where to look. Here are some links to get you started.

Wooten newsgroup: Discuss topics from crime to new businesses to lost pets to garage sales
Wooten on Facebook: Posts from neighbors about neighborhood stuff
Wooten Nextdoor: News and sharing for Wooten and nearby neighborhoods

Region 1 District Representatives homepage: our APD district and crime information (APD district rep: Officer Jud Chapman)
krimelabb.com: Searchable, mappable database of reported crimes by neighborhood
CLASP: Citizen-Led Austin Safety Partnership, addressing crime and safety on the neighborhood level

Other resources
• Items for sale, fundraisers and services offered in North Austin neighborhoods, including Wooten: groups.yahoo.com/group/crestview_forsale/
• NOAA pinpoint forecast graphs for Wooten: tinyurl.com/wootennoaa
• Weather station forecast: tinyurl.com/36js85
• Wooten weather history: tinyurl.com/csvwfs
• What’s growing and how we grow it in the area: groups.google.com/group/crestview-gardeners
Austin Neighborhoods Council: Citywide umbrella organization to support neighborhood interests
• Wooten Elementary: wootenpta.com
• Burnet Middle School: austinschools.org/campus/burnet/
• What Do I Do With… is an A-to-Z guide to recycling, reusing, composting and more.