Friday, March 27, 2009
In El Paso there is one community garden: the Welden Yerby Senior Citizens Garden - one of the best-kept secrets in our City. Newspaper Tree's Elizabeth Ruiz did a great story about the garden: How does your garden grow. She did the video interview posted on You Tube of some seedy character:
You can read more about the Yerby garden here and more about the White House garden here.
Two petitions have circulated. One supports the multi-use proposal and has 54 signatures. Another circulated by Rutledge has "30 or 40" signatures in her words and runs 2 - 1 opposed to the multi-use facility. That would still mean that most signers want the retrofit to include the basketball standards as proposed by Parks and Recreation.
Neighbor concerns included a bias that basketball players use profane language. (Of course, tennis players don't.) They also fear that basketballs, like soccer balls, will damage nets and fencing. Parks and Rec's design of the court would enhance ball control and provide more privacy according to project manager, Rick Garcia.
As always, the historic card was played - these have always been tennis courts and should remain that way. Never mind the new aquatic center, remodeling of the library, loss of a rose garden and a cannon that has never been replaced since it went missing.
Will there be more recreational opportunities for El Pasoans who use Memorial Park? Neighbors argue that the interlocal agreement between El Paso and EPISD already allows for youth to use school facilities and there are basketball courts available after 5 p.m. at Crockett Elementary. Of course, not just kids play basketball and many adults make it part of their exercise regimen.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
If you want a copy of the full report, just email me and I'll get it to you.
Stormwater Master Plan Set for Approval
"The Public Service Board unanimously approved the El Paso Stormwater Master Plan at its March 11 meeting. A City Council presentation is scheduled for March 31. The master plan addresses flooding that challenges El Pasoans year after year, and
its approval marks an important milestone for El Paso Water Utilities. EPWU has
managed the stormwater system since March 2008.
"The Board selected URS Corporation to develop the master plan. The engineering consulting firm was familiar with El Paso’s drainage issues because of previous work done in El Paso. Prior to 2006, URS conducted a flood insurance study for FEMA and provided the agency with county-wide flood insurance rate maps. The firm was called back to El Paso in 2006 to assess the performance of storm drain systems during summer storms and coordinate projects to repair the damage that resulted.
URS identified 99 projects that will correct stormwater system deficiencies. The
projects were prioritized based on factors such as flooding risk to property, Interstate Highway 10 and major arterial roadways; risk associated with debris flow; and required maintenance.
"Public input was solicited through the Stormwater Master Plan Community Advisory Committee, a group of 35 members representing public education; governmental entities; and civic, business and community organizations. The committee was charged with: 1) developing a list of community values related to the stormwater system, 2) validating the order of projects to be implemented during the first three years of the capital improvement program, 3) providing input on open space projects – drainage paths and arroyos to be incorporated into the stormwater system but preserved in their natural state, and 4) recommending dual use projects, such as park ponds, that function as both recreational venues and drainage facilities."
Monday, March 16, 2009
"Jim - we are proposing using only one of the two south courts as a multipurpose court (basketball or tennis ) the other 3 will remain tennis courts."Thanks, Rick!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Hello All,The San Patricios tell us that, "if you just can't wait until Tuesday to get a fix of the traditional Irish music, we'll be playing an acoustic set this Saturday (the 14th) at El Paso's very own Moose Lodge from 7 to 10 pm. The Lodge is located at 5939 Falcon in the Northeast and they're asking a $10 cover. We're also doing a short set for the little ones during story hour at the Sunland Park Barnes & Noble. That's also this Saturday, but at 11 am."
Just wanted to update everyone about the fun planned for St. Pat's Day, March 17, 2008. Our Celtic Buffet is just $15 per person and $5 for kids. It will be fantastic as usual, with Soda Bread, Shepherds Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage, and other favorites along with dessert.There will be drink specials and door prizes. It's fun for all.
Get your tickets ahead of time and save some $$$. Call the office @ 575-589-0653 (ext. 3).
Doors and Bar open @ 5 p.m. Buffet starts around 6 p.m. Our entertainment includes Anamieke Quinn at 6 p.m. and your very own Los San Patricios at 8 p.m.
Hope to see you here!!!
Friday, March 13, 2009
To be fair, if we are going to play that historic card, then let us tear down the aquatic center and rebuild the old swimming hole that so many of us knew growing up. Let us remodel the modern library and cafe facility to be exactly as it was when Mrs. Conrad Bryson was the head librarian and a camera as big as an office copier photographed all checked out books and user cards. In fact, let's start a new smelter on the top hill. After all, the Federal Copper Refinery was the only prominent feature in this area at one time.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
"There can’t be a police officer on every block at all times, so community involvement is a must in order to reduce the opportunity for crime to take place. Citizens such as yourself and your neighbors usually know what is going on in your neighborhoods.
If we can join together in an effort to address crime problems, fears, and issues dealing with your neighborhood concerns, we can make a difference – but only if we do this TOGETHER.
Neighborhood Crime Watch programs require active participation of citizens to reduce crime by doing several simple things. The first requirement is neighbors getting to know each other. Secondly, citizens become educated regarding activities that are suspicious and are taught where and how to report it. Thirdly, citizens are taught about home and personal safety.
This program has proved effective in reducing crime throughout the nation and has made a difference in El Paso. If you wish to learn more about Neighborhood Watch Programs, feel free to contact your local police Regional Command Center for more information.
Officer H. Slack #2106, 915-838-8013, firstname.lastname@example.org"
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
My name is Ruben Batista. I am the Head Football Coach / Athletic Coordinator for Austin High School here in El Paso. It is with great honor that I am writing to you to announce that our school district, with the help of an advisory board, to include myself and other fellow alumnus, have worked to improve our facilities here at Austin High School. One of our projects will include a new state of the art artificial turf at our football stadium. Our turf will have brown end zones and the school logo of a panther head in the center of the field.
This project is funded by the El Paso Independent School District bond allocation. The project will include the green turf, the yard markers, the numbers, the logo in the middle of the field, and NFL style gold posts. Excluded from the initial bid will be the brown colored end zones and the end zone lettering. The cost of the brown colored end zones will be $1,000 per end zone. This cost will be encumbered by our football booster club along with Austin School. In order for us to have the names “Austin” and “Panthers” professionally sewn onto our turf at each end zone, the cost will be $1,000.00 per letter or $14,000.00. This price is too costly for our school to cover. Other schools in our district have had their letters sponsored by ex alumni and businessmen. For this reason, I am writing to you and asking if you would be interested in giving back to your alma mater and sponsor a letter. I would like to see this beautiful 79 year old school get what she deserves. Our deadline to raise the money will be June 1, 2009. The finished project with the letters will be an accomplishment that you, as well as, the entire student body and community can always be proud of. I plan on advertising the donors in our football program for years to come. I will also have a special coin toss ceremony at our first football game to honor all the donors who have made the letters possible. These fields are projected to last up to fifteen years and the memory of your donation will endure during this
If you have any questions pertaining to this project, you can contact me at (915) 562-0402 or (915) 587-2502. Any donation will be greatly appreciated. Checks should be made out to the Austin Football Boosters and tagged turf lettering and mailed to 3500 Memphis Ave, El Paso, Texas, 79930, Attn: Ruben Batista/Turf Lettering. Thank you again for your tax deductable donation.
Austin Head Football Coach
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
The poster can be purchased online from the Simple Living Network.
Turn off your TV
Leave your house
Know your neighbors
Look up when you are walking
Sit on your stoop
Use your library
Buy from local merchants
Share what you have
Help a lost dog
Take children to the park
Support neighborhood schools
Fix it even if you didn't break it
Have pot lucks
Pick up litter
Read stories aloud
Dance in the street
Talk to the mail carrier
Listen to the birds
Put up a swing
Help carry something heavy
Barter for your goods
Start a tradition
Ask a question
Hire young people for odd jobs
Organize a block party
Bake extra and share
Ask for help when you need it
Open your shades
Share your skills
Take back the night
Turn up the music
Turn down the music
Listen before you react to anger
Mediate a conflict
Seek to understand
Learn from new and uncomfortable angles
Know that no one is silent though many are not heard.
Work to change this.