Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
There is additional information on the City web site about the recommended revision of the subdivision code. Unfortunately, you only have until 5p.m. today to comment about these recommendations either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 541-0241. Since City Council does not take action on the recommendations until this coming Tuesday, you may want to email your thoughts to Councilmember Byrd at ByrdSM@elpasotexas.gov before then.
Hope you all have discovered our blog and are reading it: www.newmanpark.blogspot.com. There’s a new poll on whether you have plans to make any “green” improvements to your home this year. In the next e-letter, I’ll report about the last poll on traffic and discuss the El Paso program for safer traffic throughout the City neighborhoods.
Also, please email me (email@example.com) and ask me to add you to our Google Groups. This simply is the best way for you yourself to get urgent information out to all of your neighbors and to join in discussions about issues that are relevant to our neighborhood.
Many thanks go to Bobby Byrd for alerting the Parks Department to the fact that the doggie bag dispenser in our Park was out of bags. If you see something that needs attention, just call or email Victor Flores: 915-873-5370 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a special event you and your family can enjoy tomorrow – Saturday April 26th: Día De Los Niños/Día De Los Libros, the “celebration to promote literacy, education and health to young people regardless of social, cultural or economic condition. The event will go from 11:00 until 6:00p.m. at Washington Park. This annual festival has two principal goals: to create a family event that people of all cultural, social, and economic backgrounds can attend and enjoy; and to promote the importance of literacy and education.
Finally, this from Marylou Robnett of the Redd-Mulberry Neighborhood Association: There will be multiple garage sales on Saturday, April 26th, starting at 7:00a.m. “These sales are conducted at the individual residences within the neighborhood and the streets involved will include La Mirada Circle, Los Nietos, Soledad, Calle Olaso and Mulberry. All of these are located in the Upper Valley.”
¡Vaya con Dios!
Friday, April 25, 2008
There were many dignitaries there but I most enjoyed hearing from the President of the West Texas Urban Forestry Council, Jennifer Barr Ardovino and the Executive Director of Keep El Paso Beautiful, Katherine Gunter Palafox. Palafox spoke boldly about banning all those plastic bags that smother ocotillo, prickly pear and just about everything else.
A major goal of the WTUFC and the Tree Board is to restore the canopy of El Paso with native trees. There are several good places online for you to learn about native trees and other native plants for your yard. There's the Tree and Plant List of the City of El Paso. WTUFC offers a tree selection guide. The Texas Forest System has both a custom and an express guide. Finally, the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens offers a list of Chihuahuan Desert Plants.
Let's plant trees. Let's restore our canopy. There are other ways to reduce water consumption through good xeriscaping rather than "zero"-scaping our yards with concrete that absorbs heat during the day and releases it at night - making for some pretty hot summers 24/7. Cut Energy Consumption: Plant a Tree!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
El Paso selected to host statewide Arbor Day celebration
Trees in El Paso? To the outsider, this may seem like a reasonable question. But El Paso natives have long known that the desert is home to a unique variety of trees — and they are ready to show the rest of the state they are "Tree Amigos."
El Paso has been selected as this year's host of the state's official 119th Arbor Day celebration on April 25. The day will begin with a ceremony at 10 a.m. at Veteran's Park. James Hull, state forester and director of the Texas Forest Service, will be Master of Ceremonies.
"Arbor Day is the day we set aside to celebrate the value of trees and the positive ways they contribute to our communities and environment," Hull said. "El Paso was selected as this year's host city to honor the tremendous advancements in its urban forestry programs in recent years."
During the celebration, El Paso will be recognized as a Tree City USA for the first time, a designation made by the National Arbor Day Foundation. In addition, the state winners of the 2006 and 2007 Arbor Day Poster Contests, reigning from the same El Paso elementary school, will be honored.
The West Texas Urban Forestry Council, located in El Paso, is "Bringing Back the Green" to the El Paso region by encouraging residents to plant trees, which specifically benefit desert environments by providing shade and helping conserve water. Individuals interested in planting trees in El Paso or in any location across the state can go online to the Texas Tree Planting Guide at http://texastreeplanting.tamu.edu/ to find the types of trees best suited for different areas of Texas.
"It's not just about beautifying yards and streets, but just as much about teaching people how to strategically use trees to improve air quality, reduce erosion and reduce energy consumption," said Oscar Mestas, El Paso's urban forester for the Texas Forest Service. Communities across Texas can recognize Arbor Day by celebrating the ways that trees enrich our lives and the environment. For information about ways to celebrate Arbor Day in your community, visit the Texas Forest Service web site at http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Also get to know the El Paso Chapter of the Native Plant Society, become a member or just attend some of their very educational events. It's a good way to get to know our Place.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Judy worked for 6 years as a report taker for the Police Department, 3 years as a secretary for Economic Development and 3 years now for Susie Byrd. Susie reports that Judy “is the hardest worker at City Hall. She cares a lot about getting things done for the constituents of District 2.”
As a licensed massage therapist Judy also works with her sisters at Body Matters, 2105 E. Yandell. Whatever kind of massage you are looking for you can get there – Swedish, Hot Stone, Lymphatic or Neuromuscular. Body Matters also does manicures, pedicures, reflexology, paraffin treatments, body wraps, cellulite reduction, facials, microdermabrasions, body sugaring and much, much more. Call them at 532-0111 for an appointment to make yourself feel really good.
Tomorrow (April 19th) is Judy’s birthday. All of us in the Newman Park neighborhood wish her Happy Birthday and many, many years. Kudos and olés for Judy!
Be sure to visit our official Newman Park Blog where you can read all about tomorrow’s Party for the Planet at the El Paso Zoo and get some great Green Tips by Laura Zweber. After you read the tips, take a moment to take our poll about speeding traffic in the neighborhood.
Also be sure to sign up for our own Google Group. When you do so, you can broadcast urgent messages to your neighbors and join in discussions of interest to the neighborhood. You can let me know to add your name to the list or you can go to http://groups.google.com/group/newmanpark, sign in and apply for membership.
Just last night, Gabrielle Torres broadcast this important message:
“Hello neighbors,Wondering if anyone is missing a black solar powered light lately? One was stuck in my front lawn this evening. The funny thing is that the other day someone took one of our tops to your solar powered lights making it unusable. They might have tried to take the entire thing but we have it rigged so it does not come off unfortunately we didn't think someone would just take the cover. Email me if you need your light back.”
If you are the one missing the solar powered light and you haven’t signed up for our Google Group, you have a great reason to do so now.
Finally, mark your calendars now for next weekend’s Flora Fest at the UTEP Centennial Museum. Flora Fest is the annual native plant sale. It begins Saturday morning, April 26th, at 9a.m. You can find native plants from 9 to 5 on both Saturday and Sunday. It is best to get there first thing on Saturday as plants are quickly bought-up at this very popular, annual event. Here is a list of plants that will be available. Plants that are native to our desert environment require less water and are better adapted to pests, diseases and weather conditions that plague non-natives.
Get to know the El Paso Chapter of the Native Plant Society, become a member or just attend some of their very educational events.
¡Vaya con Dios!
Friday, April 18, 2008
With Earth Day coming up on April 22nd, it is only fitting for us to get some GREEN TIPS from our very own Laura Zweber:
"April 22 is EARTH DAY ! Our Earth takes care of us, so let's take care of our earth! Here are some ideas on ways you can make a difference: 1) Buy organic produce to help farmers that do not use poisons on their crops. 2) Pick up trash in your neighborhood, on scenic drive, or anywhere. 3)Plant a native tree or shrub. 4) Check out Ecohaus web site for their beautiful recycled counter tops next time you're remodeling. 5) REDUCE ! Buy in bulk to reduce packaging and use a timer when you water the lawn. 6) REUSE ! A lady in Portland Oregon has torn down an old house and will reuse everything from the old house to build a new one. Reuse plastic grocery bags or return them to the bins at WalMart or Albertsons. Buy a few cloth bags to take grocery shopping. 7) RECYCLE ! Even old computers and cell phones can be recycled.
"Here are some things you can do with old or mismatched socks: Use as a dust rag or to buff your car or shoes...make a muscle relaxing pack by filling a cotton sock with uncooked rice and sew the end. Put in the microwave with a glass of water (to prevent a fire) for one minute. Hang around the neck, or on sore muscles. When moving, use old socks to pack glasses and other breakables. Kids can make hacky sacks, purses, puppets, or dolls. Tie 15 or so socks together to make a jump rope.
"Have fun, be creative and think of how you can use something in a new way before you throw it away. Let's take care of our earth everyday in a special way."
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
"During this week, crime victims, survivors, and those who serve them will join together across America to promote victims' rights and services, and to educate our communities about the devastating impact of crime on victims' neighborhoods, schools, and our nation as a whole."
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has a plethora of information and resources online about child abuse (and other forms of abuse). You can also go to the Child Welfare Information Gateway.
Be sure to learn the signs of child abuse and neglect.
Also get to know the Child Crisis Center of El Paso 2100 N. Stevens El Paso, TX 79930.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
If you haven't picked up a copy of the April El Paso Scene, be sure to do so. The picture displayed won First Place and was taken by our official Newman Park Neighborhood Association photographer and our neighbor, Marco Milazzo. The title is "Foggy Morning"
Marco has done something else for us. Check out http://newmanpark.smugmug.com/. He will be uploading pictures of our events to this site. You can view them, download them as a jpeg with several size options or purchase pictures for yourself or loved ones. (Marco was quick to tell me that he does not make money off this site.)
The two pics in the right hand column were taken by Marco and are available on smugmug.
We are fortunate to have the talent that we do in the neighborhood. Be sure that you click on the new link to view and hear Los San Patricios. I will be adding other links to our blog list.
Friday, April 4, 2008
City Kicks Off Summer-long Scenic Sundays Event
The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department, District 2 Rep. Susie Byrd and District 1 Rep. Ann Lilly this Sunday will officially open Scenic Sundays, a summer-long event where El Pasoans, their families and pets are invited to walk, jog, skate and bike along Scenic Drive.
Beginning April 6 and lasting through August 31, Scenic Drive, from Rim Road to Alabama Street, will be closed to vehicle traffic from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with barriers provided by J.A.R. Concrete. The El Paso Police Department will have officers patrolling the route to ensure all participants can safely enjoy the event.
Last year’s Ciclovia, which opened Rim Road for residents to enjoy to a host of outdoor activities, was a tremendous success with over 5,000 participants in its one-month span. Scenic Sundays will extend that unique opportunity for Sun City residents to enjoy El Paso’s beautiful weather and breathtaking scenery throughout the summer months.
District 1 Rep. Ann Lilly, District 8 Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Parks and Recreation Open Space Coordinator Shamori Whitt all were instrumental in organizing Ciclovia and Scenic Sundays and they will be available for interviews as Rep. Byrd is attending a conference in Austin this weekend.
Please help us promote this exciting event. For more information, contact Rene Leon with Rep. Byrd’s office at (915) 541-4996, or at LeonR@elpasotexas.gov.