Afton Oaks eNews - May 2012
- Vote Tomorrow in New Location - The Courtyard by Marriott, the long-time polling place for Afton Oaks, has closed, and voting in the Primary Elections tomorrow for our precinct #178 will be at the Looscan Library, on Weslayan just north of Westheimer. We found a useful tool on Rep. Scott Hochberg's website (http://scotthochberg.com/ziplist.html) that produces a list of all your elected officials depending on your precinct/address. For Afton Oaks, these are your officials:
For your Congressperson in Washington, you will be in District 7,
currently represented by John A. Culberson.
For your Texas State Representative in Austin, you will be in District 134,
currently represented by Sarah Davis.
For your Texas State Senator in Austin, you will be in District 17,
currently represented by Joan Huffman.
For your Harris County Commissioner, you will be in Precinct 4,
currently represented by Jack Cagle.
For your State Board of Education member, you will be in District 6,
currently represented by Terri Leo.
For your Constable, you will be in Precinct 1,
currently served by Kenneth W. Berry.
For your Justices of the Peace, you will be in Precinct 1,
currently served by Judge Dale M Gorczynski and Judge David M. Patronella.
All information is based on data compiled by the Harris County Tax-Assessor Collector.
- Crime Moderates - Very few incidents of crime have been reported over the past months, but that is not mirrored by neighborhoods surrounding us, so be vigilant. For the year-to-date crime report, with other info you need regarding patrol policies and contacts, download the April report using the link at the bottom left of this email. As always, an active neighborhood with residents reporting suspicious activity is the best defense. The River Oaks area is reporting a higher level of door-to-door solicitors from outside their neighborhood requesting donations for various causes or products (magazines, band or sports trips). These solicitors are often clean-cut and respectable looking, but can be fronts for crime. Be careful if you open the door for any solicitor, and report any dubious activity.
- Water Those Trees! - While Afton Oaks had a wet first few months this year, May has turned hot and dry and trees planted anytime in the last five years are at risk. For any tree you have planted -- and especially for trees planted through the Afton Oaks Trees Program -- please be vigilant about giving the trees a good soaking once a week (more often if recently planted). Some of the broader-leafed oaks in particular seem prone to a quick brown-up and death if watering is not maintained properly.
- Project W129 Bridge Update - The Harris County Flood Control District project to widen and improve the drainage ditch along the Union Pacific Railroad line is progressing with most of the ditch covered, as you can see as you cross the tracks at Richmond. A new posting in March 2012 estimated that the partial closure of the Westheimer bridge over the ditch would occur in Fall 2012 and the San Felipe bridge in Spring 2013. To receive updates, visit the project's webpage at www.hcfcd.org/W129 or call (713) 684-4040.
- Updated eMail Addresses - We have updated the email database for the AOCC, eliminating rejected email addresses, out-of-date domain names (such as the old roadrunner rr.com domains) and others. Please encourage your neighbors to sign-up for this email service by forwarding this eNews to them, and asking them to go to the website at www.aftonoaks.org and signing up there to get future emails.
- Recycling Boost Sought - We have strong participation in the AOCC's recycling program, but would like to see usage expanded even further. If you have a blue bin, please begin and take advantage of the service on Thursday mornings. If you'd like a bin or want more information on the program, go to the website at www.aftonoaks.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- New Newsletter Editor - Afton Oaks welcomes Board Member Stacy Jinnette, who has taken on the duties of producing the Afton Oaks Post newsletter twice a year. If you would like to write the occasional article for the newsletter -- talk about local goings-on, history, retail, restaurants, whatever -- please send an email to email@example.com. If you know of someone who would like to advertise in support of Afton Oaks, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank our many fine advertisers and sponsors below - please use their services (links to their websites are active):