Coyote Safety Reminder

It’s breeding season again for our resident coyotes.  That, on top of all the current construction surrounding Wells Branch, increases their activity and the likelihood that you may encounter one on your walks, or even in your yard.  Please visit the sites listed below and make sure you’re following all their suggestions.  Both sites cover tips on deterring coyotes and discuss how to best protect your fur babies. Most of all, keep an eye on small pets and keep them leashed when on the trails.  Be safe, not sorry!

It is important to report coyote activity so that Animal Protection Officer Emery Sadkin can monitor behavior. If you have any questions or wish to report a sighting, please contact Officer Sadkin at emery.sadkin@austintexas.gov or call 311 (512-974-2000).

 

Help for Wells Branch homeless: Texas Bungalows hotel to become supportive, permanent housing

by Jeaneane McNulty, WB Resident

It is Friday afternoon, and my kids and I are heading up I35 to get “boba tea” – a weekly reward for completion of schoolwork and chores. We stop at the light on Grand Ave, and as usual, a man stands on the thin center strip with a sign asking for help. Today I happen to have a coupon for a free sandwich at a store within walking distance of this corner, so I mask up and hand it to him out the window. He thanks me. The exchange lasts only a second, but as the light turns and we pass under the freeway, my mind stays with this man, and with the larger issue of the tent community of homeless people who shelter there. How long has he lived there? Does he have mental health problems? Is he an addict? A veteran? Where is his family? Where does he go to the bathroom? Who will clean up the trash that the tent city accumulates? Did my coupon really help at all? Continue reading Help for Wells Branch homeless: Texas Bungalows hotel to become supportive, permanent housing

4 Ways to Naturally Boost Immunity

by Morgan Simon, WB Resident

Fostering a healthy immune system is, understandably, top of mind for everyone right now. In addition to a global pandemic, we’re also in the middle of winter which naturally sees a spike in seasonal illnesses like cold and flu. (1) Thankfully, there are many things we can do to naturally boost immunity – several of which can be done without spending a penny or leaving your home! Continue reading 4 Ways to Naturally Boost Immunity

Updated COVID-19 resources, from Commissioner Shea

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to spike, I am urging everyone to do the simple things that we know work to slow the spread of COVID-19. Wear a mask, observe social distancing, practice good hygiene, and do not go out unnecessarily.

We also know that what helps keep us all safe is hurting our economy. Recognizing that many in our community are facing difficult economic burdens, Travis County has initiated several programs to help using federal CARES Act funding. Please see the list below of those and other programs that you or someone you know may find helpful.

Some of these programs may be discussed Saturday, June 27th, in a community forum hosted by the City of Austin. English forum is at 11 AM and Spanish forum at 1 PM. Tune in to the livestream at facebook.com/AustinPublicHealth, or call 1-844-992-4726and enter access code 146 697 3290 to participate.

Please share this with anyone who may need these resources. While we cannot solve all of the issues caused by this pandemic, Travis County is doing what we can to help.

I sincerely hope this message finds you and your family well. We will get through this, with each other’s help and the support of our entire community.

With hope,

Brigid Shea
Travis County Commissioner, Precinct Two

Register to Vote BEFORE the Deadline!

New address? Name change? The deadline to register for the July 14th election is THIS Monday, June15th.

Local VDRs will be on hand to register voters and answer any questions you may have THIS Saturday, June 13, from 10am-1pm in the Bratton Square parking lot at the corner of Merrilltown Drive and Bratton Lane.

They’ll also be available Sunday, June 14, and Monday, June 15, from Noon-3pm in the Bratton Square parking lot.

The team will practice correct social distancing procedures and will be in PPE gear. We ask that folks be mindful of others. The goal is to make sure that everyone who needs to register gets a “last chance” before Monday.

If these times don’t work for you, One of our registrars, Susan Gezana, has offered to be available to meet neighbors and get them registered! Just text Susan at 512-484-3528 to set up a meeting.

Thank you to all our Wells Branch Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrars!

Wells Branch READY, SET, VOTE!

A non-partisan, community voter registration event!
Saturday, Jan 25th

FIVE CONVENIENT WB LOCATIONS:
Malone’s Coffee on Bratton Lane: 9am – 1pm
WB Recreation Center on Shoreline: 9am – 1pm
Wells Branch Community Library on Wells Port Drive: 10am – 2pm
(2 locations in Wells Branch Plaza shopping center @ 1779 Wells Branch Parkway):
Community Health Fair at Fighting Fit (near the Valero Corner Store): 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Branch BBQ (near the UPS store): 11am – 1pm

 

Do you or someone you know need to register to vote? Need to update your voter registration to reflect your new address? Have questions about getting registered? Unsure if you can vote? Local Wells Branch VDR’s are coming out this Saturday to help all our neighbors get registered and be ready to vote in the March 3rd primary…and beyond! The deadline to register in time for the primary is February 3rd – so come to any of our neighborhood locations on Saturday and we will help you GET REGISTERED! Early voting begins Feb 18th!

2020 Cultural Diversity Fair:
Get ready to participate!

Register to Volunteer HERE!

Contact us at:  wb-cultural-diversity@googlegroups.com 

Learn more at: wbna.us/community/wb-cultural-diversity-fair/

Get ready for the 2020 Wells Branch Cultural Diversity Fair. The last “CDF” event was a huge success. Nearly 20 countries were represented and many booths offered a tasty sample of regional cuisine. The various cultural performers provided an amazing spectrum of song, dance, music, acrobatics and meditation techniques. There were also several learning activities, photo ops and international game demonstrations.

If you and your family attended this amazing cultural showcase in previous years, you probably came away thinking WOW!, all this fantastic cultural diversity and all right here within Wells Branch. Many folks have commented that this community event is a great way to learn about far away places without leaving Wells Branch and the participants were provided with an excellent opportunity to meet new folks in the community.

The key to any successful event comes down planning. The 2020 “CDF” is slated for February 23rd, from 1-4 pm. If you or your group would like to host a country booth or provide regional entertainment, just let us know. We have already received offers to host several countries. We need to finalize the list. Please follow this LINK to register for a booth.

The Wells Branch MUD, partnering with the WBNA and other community groups will help host the event. Each country booth will have reserved a banquet table, 1 chair and a $50 budget towards food preparation. There is also a special budget set aside for entertainment. Please reach out if you have a cultural entertain group that would like to participate.

Country sponsors are encouraged to have a “kid-friendly” activity, display or craft. The WB MUD would like to request that some sort of regional “water resource” information be available. And this year we are adding an exciting new feature, sponsored by the WB Friends of the Library and the WB Community Library—an “on the spot” language lab to the practice speaking some simple words in a foreign language. We are asking that each country sponsor provide a short list of words (phonetic breakdown), e.g. Hello, Welcome, Please, Thank You, etc.

Great community events are successful through great community interaction. Please consider helping to host a booth or activity at the 2020 Wells Branch Cultural Diversity Fair.

Contact: Margaret Sufke, mmsufke@gmail.com or voice mail: 512-341-0428

TCSO Meeting on Mail Theft
Thursday, January 23, 2020 | 6:30pm
WB Comm. Ctr. | 2106 Klattenhoff Drive

Mailbox break-ins this season seem too frequent to count.  Join us this coming Thursday as we meet with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office to find out what’s being done about the recent rash of mail thefts and what we, as a community, can do to help.

We realize it’s right after work, but we’ll have munchies on hand to tide you over until you make it home!