NSCNA Blog Archive

  • From Kathy Rudd, NSCNA Director:

    “Books and treats and games, oh my!!!

    Mark your calendars for October 26, 5:30-7pm; it’s time for Pillow Elementary’s Literacy Night and Community Trunk or Treat Event!

    Neighbors, grab your family and head to Pillow for some Fall fun with reading activities, the Bookfair, and a Trunk or Treat to wrap up the night!

    The night’s festivities will take place inside and outside the school; they are open to Pillow Panthers, and to all families, students and community members who wish to come celebrate.

    ***We are looking for Trunk or Treat volunteers to help with the following:

    -set up booths, games, or table activities outside the school

    -decorate a vehicle trunk (or tailgate), or a table with Halloween decorations and “trick or treat” candy/treats. We will have spaces reserved in the parking lot for participating vehicles.

    Please contact Nathan Allen with the Pillow PTA to sign up and help give our neighborhood a night to remember: rna0014@gmail.com.

    Thanks so much for your time and help.❤️

    Pillow Elementary School, Austin, TX

  • If you’re welcoming trick-or-treaters this Halloween, let your neighbors know by adding your address to Nextdoor North Shoal Creek’s Treat Map. Here are Nextdoor’s instructions for doing this:

    Use this link to access Nextdoor North Shoal Creek: https://nextdoor.com/neighborhood/nshoalcreek–austin–tx/)

    Click the the pumpkin in the upper left corner.

    Click Discover on the left sidebar.

    Click Treat Map from the map options at the top of the Discover page.

    Click the “Add a pin” button in the Treat Map module

    Click the “Use this location” button or type your address into the search bar and then “use this location” (Note: The default location for the pin will be a location on your block rather than your address.)

    [Optional] Add a photo of your halloween decorations or write a message to your neighbors about what kinds of treats you will be sharing. (Note: Adding a photos or writing a message will trigger a post to your neighbors.)

    [Optional] Change the “Anyone” dropdown to another setting if you wish to limit who can see your pin.

    Click the “Add pin” button.

    [Optional] Share your post with friends on other platforms.

    To update how you’re celebrating:

    From the Treat Map tab on Discover, click the “View my pin” button (or you can find your post on your profile). .

    Click on the three dot button.

    Click the “Edit” button and edit your post, just as you would edit any message on Nextdoor. (Note: As with other messages, it is not possible to edit the privacy settings of pins. So if you wish to change the setting, it’s necessary to remove your pin and repost.)

    To remove your pin from the Treat Map:

    From the Treat Map tab on Discover, click the “View my pin” button (or you can find your post on your profile). .

    Click on the three dot button.

    Click the “Delete” button.

  • Our annual neighborhood wide garage sale is happening September 30th. All are welcome to participate!
    If you’d like to participate by selling, please register your garage sale at https://www.nscna.org/archive/nscna-garage-sale-sign-up/ so your location will appear on the Neighborhood Garage Sale Map.

    Published map of garage sale locations are available here: https://www.nscna.org/events/north-shoal-creek-garage-sale/
    Please contact socialchair@nscna.org for any questions.

  • A neighbor who wishes to remain anonymous requested clarification from the City of Austin about who is responsible for cleaning graffiti at three locations in or near our neighborhood: 1) at the Shoal Creek bridge/railroad overpass on Steck; 2) at what used to be the Luby’s on the southwest corner of Steck and MoPac; and 3) on the Shoal Creek Bridge Tile Mosaic art project at Steck and Daleview. Here’s a copy of the City’s response:

    1) The Shoal Creek bridge is owned by Union Pacific Railroad; the City of Austin cannot perform any work on railroad property. Union Pacific has been notified of your concerns. While they have determined that this is a “non-emergency” situation, you may submit a complaint of non-emergency directly to Union Pacific Railroad at www.UP.com/NotifyUP or by calling the Response Management Communication Center (RMCC) at 1-888-877-7267.

    2) The Luby’s location is private property and, thus, cannot be addressed by the City.

    3) We were unable to locate any graffiti on the Shoal Creek Bridge Tile Mosaic art project. If you do identify any graffiti on this art project in the future, please contact Austin 311.

    We appreciate your taking the time to contact the City of Austin with your concerns. Should you have any further questions regarding the presence of graffiti on the public rights of way, please contact Patty Moreno, Project Coordinator with Public Works Department (PWD) Utilities and Structures Division, at (512) 974-1545 or Patricia.Moreno@austintexas.gov.”

    Here is how I interpret the letter: cleaning or covering graffiti is the responsibility of the property owner. That’s the City of Austin when graffiti is on public property. When graffiti is on private property (Luby’s and the railroad overpass on Steck), it’s the responsibility of the property owner. The graffiti on the mosaic at the Shoal Creek Bridge is on public property, but I’ve learned that a member of our Beautification Committee saw the graffiti and removed it before City staff arrived. In other words, NSCNA’s Beautification Committee is currently caring for the mosaic, but it is on public property and so does come under the City’s purview.

    Sharon Justice, Chair,

    NSCNA Media Committee