James Dinwoodie, owner of Lakeway restaurant Fore, said he first encountered the problem of people drinking and driving when he ran bars in downtown Austin.more »
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Lakeway’s first acute medical rehabilitation hospital plans to open Oct. 1 at 2000 Medical Drive, Lakeway, CEO Deborah Hopps said during Lakeway City Council’s July 21 meeting. more »
Burnet County Emergency Services District No. 9, formed in November, agreed July 9 to supplement Spicewood VFD and EMS costs in exchange for the department providing fire protection and first responder services to the area. more »
School in the Hills, a private Montessori program located in Steiner Ranch, will open a second location in June at a new commercial development, Riverplace Station, 10819 RR 2222, in Austin, Head of School Alicia Marker said. more »
On Sept. 4, 2011, Leslie and Ron Roberge grabbed what they could—including a family portrait and Beatles albums—before fleeing their Steiner Ranch home as a wildfire spread through the area. more »
Included in Austin City Council’s unanimous approval June 26 of its 2014 Strategic Mobility Plan is the 9.5-mile urban rail project that would connect East Riverside Drive with Austin Community College’s Highland campus. more »
Lakeway’s proposed town center cleared another hurdle June 16 when City Council unanimously approved the Oaks at Lakeway’s final plat, deferring action on a pedestrian trail—connecting Rolling Green Drive to the center—until a later phase more »
St. Gabriel’s Catholic School, located at 2500 Wimberly Lane, Austin, is expected to complete a 30,000-square-foot expansion by the start of school in August 2015, Head of School Daniel McKenna said. more »
West Lake Hills City Council held a special meeting June 18 to discuss the city budget and goals for the coming fiscal year as well as what council members had hoped to accomplish in the past year. more »
City Council approved $21,675 for a geophysical study along sections of planned water line improvements at its June 18 meeting. more »
West Lake Hills City Council unanimously approved the drafting of an ordinance to lower the speed limit on Ridgewood Road from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour at its June 25 meeting. more »
Alderman Amy Patillo and Police Chief Dayne Pryor have been working on a city ordinance that would allow the use of golf carts and neighborhood electric vehicles, or NEVs, throughout the city. more »
City Manager Frank Salvato hosted a reception June 30 to allow the Bee Cave community an opportunity to meet the top three candidates—Jerry Garner, Gary Miller and Bill Tidwell—to replace Police Chief Rusty Pancoast when he retires Sept. 30. more »
The Lake Travis Education Foundation chose 15 Lake Travis High School seniors as scholarship recipients totaling $21,500 on May 28. more »
Lake Travis Labor of Love, a nonprofit organization that funds projects for families in the Lake Travis area, awarded 12 grants to local organizations at the end of May, President Michelle Zogas said. more »
Jarrett Allen, an incoming junior at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, attended the 20th annual National Basketball Players Association’s Top 100 High School Basketball Camp on June 17–22. more »
Retail Solutions announced on July 1 that a retail center known as Riverplace Station is planned for an 8-acre site at 10815 RR 2222, on the southwest corner of RR 2222 and River Place Boulevard, Austin. more »
Sage Recovery & Wellness Center, a specialty center for substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders, opened June 23 at 7004 Bee Caves Road, Austin. more »
Athletic apparel maker Lululemon has been approved by the city of Austin to start construction on a new store in the Barton Creek Square Mall, 2901 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Bldg. A, Unit 10A, Commercial Building Plan Examiner Tom Migl said. more »
On June 18, the Lower Colorado River Authority board of directors unanimously approved increased raw rates for firm water customers, effective January 2015. more »
In its inaugural year the Steiner Strategic Stallions, a math team at Steiner Ranch Elementary School, won the 2014 Math Pentathlon State Championship. more »
Austin Community College will ask area voters to approve a nearly $386 million bond package and 3 cent tax increase in November. more »
Photo by Cara White Lowrimore
Flipnastics gymnastics school has expanded its space four times since opening in Lakeway 10 years ago.
Photo by Richard Guerrero
The notion that J5 Steakhouse in Spicewood is a family-friendly restaurant is implied in its name, which refers to its owners, the Sudderth family: Husband Jaime, wife Jennifer, and children Jaimeson, Jaice and Jaiden.
Partners in Hope
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Partners in Hope, a Lake Travis–area nonprofit, has completed dozens of improvement projects for local homeowners in need.
Photo by Joe Olivieri
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Outdoor Dining Guide
With summer arriving, many local restaurant patios will begin to fill up with diners looking to enjoy the Central Texas weather. We have compiled a list of outdoor dining establishments in the Lake Travis and Westlake area.
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Market data for Westlake, Lakeway, Bee Cave and Spicewood
About 400 runners crossed the finish line June 14 at the inaugural Dash to the Splash held in Steiner Ranch. The event included 5K, 10K and Kids K races as well as an afterparty featuring live music, food, water slides, vendors and children's activities.
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Electric Vehicle Guide
Austin Energy began its Plug-In Electric Vehicle Program in 2008 and now has 122 stations at 64 area locations.
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