Walk to End Alzheimer’s In Austin Texas

March 29th, 2014

I was at the 2014 walk to end Alzheimer’s planning meeting.  The walk this year will be at Camp Maybry.  What a great location for the walk.  The date has been moved to October 12th.   I look forward to an amazing day earning funds to end Alzheimer’s.

 

While at the meeting a video was shared with the committee.  It is a very well done video and presents the information about this terrible disease in a new light.  Take a look at it.

 

Area Agency on Aging Presentation at Provident Crossings

January 3rd, 2014

Dec 10th, 2013, the Austin Senior Resource Alliance hosted a presentation made by the Area Agency on Aging at the senior living community, Provident Crossings.  Close to 40 professionals who specialize in working with seniors in the Austin area attended the talk.  Jennifer Scott, the Director of Aging Services answered questioned asked by the moderator Cyndi Cummings, Broker Associate with Keller Williams Realty.

The attendees learned more about the services that are provided by the agency and how they were about to assist 20,000 adults in their last fiscal year in the 10 counties surrounding Austin.  The agency can help with referral information, health and wellness programs, benefits counseling, ombudsman assistance, care coordination and caregiver support.

If you know of a senior who needs help in any of those areas and they reside in a rural area, have econmic need, have social need, have disabilities, are limited with english-speaking abilities or have Alzheimer’s or related disorders you can suggest they contact the main telephone # at 512-916-6062 or 1-888-622-9111.

We also learned how we can help the agency out but volunteering.  One program that was of interest to me is the fall prevention program.  This program goes out and teaches seniors in classes to improve their balance.

The Area Agency on Aging and the Austin Senior Resource Alliance hope to partner again by presenting seminars at the Keller Williams office in Lakeway in 2014 for seniors in the area.

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Manhunt on in search for armed robbery suspect in Lakeway Texas

October 24th, 2013

Lakeway police are searching for one male suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery at 4 p.m. today of Cotton Cupboard, 1503 RM 620 N., near Debba Drive.
Employees reported that a black or Hispanic suspect wearing a black ski mask, red and black designed long sleeve shirt and dark washed blue jeans entered the store and displayed a small semi-automatic handgun.
The suspect allegedly took $200 before he left the store on foot and headed east into the woods in the direction of Apache Shores.
Lakeway officers and K-9 units, an Austin Police Department helicopter, Travis County sheriffs and Texas Department of Public Safety personnel are engaged in the manhunt.
Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford urged anyone who sees a person matching the suspect’s description to call 9-1-1 immediately

Lions Club Delivers Meals To Lakeway Area Residents

July 30th, 2013

Meals on Wheels is a large nonprofit group that assists those in need in the Austin area by delivering food to home-bound residents.  The group’s efforts are so popular, and they don’t have the data to support the need in Lakeway,

that they are currently not able to service the Lakeway area.

Consequently, several Lakeway area churches have been talking about the need for a program to assist those with short or long-term needs who need to have their meals delivered.  The Lions Club stepped up and made the program happen! The meals are donated by local Lakeway restaurants at no cost and the meals are delivered to the recipients who receive the meals for free by volunteers three days a week.  Donations are accepted from the recipient if they are willing and able to contribute and those donations go back into the Mobile

Meals program. While I was delivering the meals I noticed that the recipients were kind and thankful and I was happy just to help for one hour to make their lives more comfortable.

Friday was the first of hopefully many days that I will assist in meal delivery in the Lakeway area.  During the delivery I learned more about the Lions Club and their other philanthropic programs.  I am planning on attending one of their monthly meetings soon.

If you or someone you know could use the assistance of home-delivered meals 3 days a week, please contact Lion Member-Linda Davis at 512-799-2924.

One of the Lakeway are restaurants supporting meal delivery

One of the Lakeway are restaurants supporting meal delivery

Cedar Park Senior Citizens Learn How to Navigate Late-In-Life Transitions

June 19th, 2013

Cedar Park Senior Citizens Learn How to Navigate Late-In-Life Transitions

5 Step System Helps Senior Citizens & Families with Downsizing & Moving

Cedar Park, TX: As the population ages, more and more senior citizens and their caregiver families are faced with the challenges of “downsizing”: usually a move for the elder from the traditional family home into a smaller apartment or an assisted living community.

To help Cedar Park seniors and their families accomplish this life transition with the most ease, local real estate agent, Mover, Home Stager and Move Manager called the Austin Senior Resource Alliance of Austin teamed with Highland Estates Senior Living Community to provide the free seminar “Downsizing Made Easy” at Highland Estates located at 1500 N Lakeline Boulevard in Cedar Park.

Senior citizens and their caregiver families from across Austin had the opportunity in a casual – yet educational – manner to receive a number of tips and plenty of guidance from Cyndi Cummings a  real estate agent who specializes in working with elders as they consider the sale of their family home and a move to a smaller apartment or senior living community.

The seminar included a presentation and discussion of The 5 Steps to Downsizing Made Easy along with topics like what to consider before making a move, senior living options, questions to ask when touring retirement communities and skilled care facilities, tips for hiring various professionals related to the moving process, guidance on estate sales and estate auctions, and many other pertinent topics.

“As an Austin area Realtor who specializes in helping senior citizens and their families with their real estate needs, this part of my job is a great joy. Seniors and their families often don’t know which way to turn when making these important decisions,” says Cummings. “I’m grateful to Highland Estates for hosting this event and to all of the seniors and their families who attended.”

For Further Information Contact:

Cyndi Cummings Keller Williams                  512-423-6782

Benny Latino  Heavenly Care Movers           512-340-0551

Lynne Brooks  Moving Elders                        512-522-1154

Richard Kline  The Staging Guy                    512-537-4489

Highland Estates         Kevin Jackson             512-337-6088

Paul Woolever             504-331-0956

 

Highland Estates Independent Community

Address

1500 N. Lakeline Blvd, Cedar Park

Phone

512.259.3318

Theme

The Holiday Touch

Entrance Fee

none

Monthly Fee

Managed By

Holiday Retirement

# of Apartments

118

Pool

No

Types of Dining

Restaurant

Built

2009

Floor Plans

Studio, one bedroom, two bedroom

Sq Footage

365-1056

Kitchen

Kitchenettes

Transportation

Yes

Other Amenities

Small pets welcome

Type of Care

Independent

Contact Name

Kevin Jackson

Title

Management Team

Lakeway MUD- HMMMM what do you think?

January 18th, 2013
News

LMUD, Lakeway takeover tensions resurface

Thursday, January 17, 2013 | Devin Monk

War wounds reopened at Lakeway Municipal Utility District’s board meeting Jan. 9 meeting as directors discussed a land tract that has served as a battleground between the district and the City of Lakeway in on-and-off-again feuds.

At the core of this latest flare up is a triangle-shaped 3.21-acre tract in the Village of The Hills that exists in both Lakeway and Hurst Creek municipal utility districts.

“I don’t think that’s the way it should be,” said LMUD board member Mel Neese, who suggested a boundary realignment. “To me, this is a housekeeping procedure.”

If LMUD turned the parcel over to Hurst Creek, it would release one of several district tracts that fall outside Lakeway city limits. Should all of LMUD exist within Lakeway, that alignment would eliminate one obstruction in the city’s ability to take control of the district.

Board president Karl Ansbach questioned why the district would want to correct the overlay that Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has ruled inconsequential.

“If there was a valid reason … then that would be different,” Ansbach said.

Neese denied a realignment would play into the city’s hand.

“I realize that some of you believe that this is an effort by the City of Lakeway to take over the MUD,” Neese stated. “This could not be further from the truth.”

Board member Jerry Hietpas said he perceived the move as a renewed takeover.

“Although the tactics are a little different, I cannot tell the difference in what I observe here today and what happened here four years ago, and I am sorely disappointed,” Hietpas said, referring to a 2009 struggle with Lakeway. “Why doesn’t the city come to us and discuss whatever issues there are? It is foolish for the city to take over LMUD without a plan for what they will do with it.”

He questioned how Lakeway would provide water and wastewater service to all residents using only LMUD’s infrastructure, which does not connect to several sections of the city. Several other districts service about half of Lakeway.

“I think the city wants to take the money and assets from LMUD and redistribute them to the rest of the city without compensating us,” Hietpas said. “LMUD owns an 80-acre tract in the heart of Lakeway, another 60 [acres] along (RM) 620 at Stewart Road. Both are a developer’s dream. LMUD has about $5 million. It has great modern water and sewer facilities. Follow the money.”

Board members tabled the item to their Feb. 13 meeting.

Lakeway Mayor Dave DeOme denied any takeover attempt by the city.

“My position is that the city is not any way spending money to take over the MUD,” DeOme said later that day. “Karl Ansbach and I have talked about this, and we both agree that trying to take it over, and trying to fight it doesn’t make any sense for the people of Lakeway. It’s just not happening – period!”

My Tour of Westminster Manor

December 27th, 2012

Westminster Manor has recently expanded their campus to offer a continuum of care for residents over 62 in the Austin area.  The community has an entrance fee that starts around $80,000.

This community is a not-for-profit community which sets it self apart from many other communities.  In real estate we say what is most important is location, location, location and that is the best feature of this community.  You are in the center of town and all that it offers from restaurants, the Arts and of course the University of Texas.

You will want to start early making plans to move in as the average wait can be around one year.  Feel free to call Heather Potts and participate in one of their monthly luncheons where you will learn more about the community and all it has to offer.  For just $5,000 you can go on the wait list and be informed as soon as an apartment becomes available.

This was my first visit and what I found so refreshing was the professional staff and their desire to make everyone feel so welcome.

 

Address 4100 Jackson  Austin, Tx Phone 512-454-4643
Theme The Ideal Place to Pursue Life with a Purpose Entrance Fee $80,000 to $973,000
Monthly Fee $2,100-$6,100 Managed By Life Care Services, LLC
# of Apartments 321/22 Pool Salt Water-Indoor
Types of Dining Sit Down, Cafe Built 1967, 2012
Floor Plans More than 20 Sq Footage 350 to 1,200
Kitchen Fully Equipped Transportation Yes
Other Amenities Underground Parking, outdoor dining, guest accommodations, Putting Greens, Salon, Exercise studio, Chapel, Type of Care Continuum of Care including: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing
Contact Name Heather Potts Title Director of Marketing

Bee Cave parkway Nears Completion

November 11th, 2012

BEE CAVE Bee Cave Parkway nears completion After at least six years of planning and construction, Bee Cave Parkway’s grand opening has been pushed back another week so that the road painting and traffic light coordinating processes can be completed, said contract engineer Casey Sledge. “Right now, they’re doing the finishing touches,” Sledge said. Sledge said that they were working with Texas Department of Transportation to coordinate the traffic lights at the intersections where Bee Cave Parkway hits Texas 71 and RM 620, in addition to making some sign changes. “Before Bee Cave Parkway was built, you had this choke point between 620 and [Bee Cave Road] on 71,” City Administrator Frank Salvato said. “Now, people coming from the Lakeway area can go on Bee Cave Parkway instead of everyone coming down on 71.” Both Sledge and Salvato said they expect final adjustments to the road to go off without a hitch, and for the opening ceremony to take place Nov. 13. — Rachel Rice, Lake Travis View LAKEWAY

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Travis County Sheriff Burglary of Homes and Buildings

July 20th, 2012

 Between Saturday (06/30/2012) and Tuesday (07/03/2012) Travis County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to seven burglaries and one stolen pickup calls.  All of the victims are residents of the Hills of Lakeway subdivision and in all but one the victims left either their homes unlocked or a vehicle unlocked with a garage door remote in the 
vehicle.  The only burglary in which forced entry was made was the burglary of the Golf Pro Shop at the golf course.  A total of 6 firearms (4-handguns and 2 semi-automatic rifles) were stolen from a victim’s home.  Three of these handguns were found at the golf course when the suspects fled the scene, leaving them behind.  A golf cart was 
also discovered to have been stolen from the golf course.  Evidence found at the scene of each crime indicates that they were committed by the same suspect(s).  
Travis County Detectives and Patrol Deputies are working diligently to identify those responsible for these crimes however, to date no suspects have been identified. 
Between Wednesday (07/11/2012) and Monday (07/16/2012) the Lakeway Police Department responded to eight vehicle burglaries and two home burglaries all of which occurred less than a mile away and in a small geographic area near the Lakeway Airpark.  In each of these crimes the homes garage was left open, unlocked or opened with a garage 
door opener found in one of the unlocked vehicles.  The suspects then attempted to gain entry into one of the homes with a key found in the garage but fled the scene.  The M.O. in each of these crimes are the same, linking them to the same suspect(s) and are believed to have been committed by the same suspects that committed the burglaries the previous week in the Hills of Lakeway subdivision.  Lakeway Police Detectives and officers are working closely with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office to attempt to identify suspects that will be mutually beneficial in solving all of these related crimes in both jurisdictions. 
All of these crimes have occurred during the overnight hours and in each case the victims were at home when the suspect(s) entered their home to commit these crimes.  These suspects are very bold and are expected to continue their crime spree until caught.  This information is being sent out to the public to increase awareness and to assist in the 
identification of these suspects, whom should be considered armed and potentially dangerous. 
How can residents assist us in our investigations? 
First and foremost, residents are strongly encouraged to reduce their own likelihood of becoming a victim by LOCKING THE DOORS to their homes and vehicles.  
We encourage residents to remove their garage door opener remotes from their vehicles.  Small key fob remotes can be purchased at local home improvement stores such as Lowes and Home Depot very inexpensively, and are easily self-programmed.  When attached to their keys, the remote is carried into the home with the keys instead of being left in their vehicle – giving a criminal access to their garage and / or home.  Residents are asked to call your respective law enforcement agency – call 9-1-1 if they observe anything or anyone suspicious in their neighborhood.  We ask that they do not attempt to approach suspicious persons on their own due to a potential armed suspect encounter. 
Additionally we are still actively searching for a stolen White Ford F-150 Platinum Series 4-door Pickup displaying Texas License Plate #:BU8-6119.  Granted, there are a lot of White Ford F-150 4-door pickups in Central Texas, but if this vehicle is seen with its accompanying license plate, residents are asked to please call 9-1-1 and report its 
location. 
Lastly, we are asking anyone with information regarding these crimes and / or the suspects are asked to please call Travis County Sheriff’s Detective Darrell Gibson at (512)854-9728 or Lakeway Police Detective Mike Pribble at 
(512)314-7549 
Date: 6:11:41 PM 07/19/2012 EDT 
Lakeway Police Department 
Travis County Sheriff’s Office 
Contact Information     
Contact Name:  Detective Darrell Gibson  Contact Name:  Detective Mike Pribble 
Contact Email:  
Contact Email:    
Contact Phone:  512-854-9728                 Contact Phone: 512-314-7549 
You can also go to the website below to get other Citizen Alerts issued as well.  Go to:  
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