Leander residents can see exactly where city leaders will promote future commercial development after City Council voted to approve the city’s first future land-use plan Aug. 7.more »
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Harmony School of Political Science and Communication opened in 2011, and already the school has earned the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Academies designation. more »
During an Aug. 26 groundbreaking ceremony, local leaders said traffic congestion and lane closures associated with a 16-month construction project on East Whitestone Boulevard will be worthwhile. more »
The Leander ISD school board will hold a special meeting Aug. 28 at the support services building, 1900 Cougar Country Drive, Cedar Park, at 7 p.m. to approve the 2014–15 budget and property tax rate. more »
When entrepreneurs Andy and Mai Lan Bradford sought to open a food trailer in Cedar Park earlier this year, they discovered the city lacks any specific direction on how or if mobile food vendors can operate. more »
At-risk students attending Round Rock ISD schools will now receive breakfast and lunch for free beginning in the 2014–15 school year. more »
John LaCaze opened Rougarou Gumbo on July 14 at 1909 US 183, Ste. 107A, Leander. Cedar Park’s first Sprouts Farmers Market will open at 7 a.m. Aug. 27 with a celebration and giveaways through Sept. 6. more »
Williamson County commissioners voted June 3 to make access to affordable housing in the county a high priority, a step that allows organizations such as Habitat for Humanity the ability to receive funding from the county’s CDBG. more »
Shady Oak Junction opened with new features Aug. 2 at the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park in Leander. more »
When current high school freshmen take the SAT tests in 2016—as well as those who take the college readiness assessment exam in subsequent years—they will encounter a redesigned test focused on eight key changes made by College Board. more »
In an effort to meet industry demands for higher-qualified nurses, Concordia University Texas is expanding its nursing coursework options this fall. more »
A long-term plan for keeping the Austin area’s primary water supply intact was introduced August 15 but its approval remains uncertain. more »
Capital Metro is moving forward with plans to upgrade its downtown MetroRail station and purchase four new rail cars that will double the capacity of the 32-mile commuter line through a $50 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation. more »
On Aug. 21, Leander City Council approved rezoning a 41-acre property north of Hero Way from single-family rural use to heavy commercial use by a vote of 5-2. more »
Some Leander residents may find services and stores closer to home after The Shops at Crystal Falls shopping center opens in the fall at the southeast corner of Crystal Falls Parkway and the newly expanded North Lakeline Boulevard. more »
Kelly Tourere Forister was appointed the interim executive director for the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center on Aug. 7 after Brenda Staples resigned from the position. more »
Meals on Wheels of Williamson and Burnet County hosted a barbecue and silent auction fundraiser Aug. 2 at Leander VFW Post 10427, amassing more than $5,000 for meals for senior citizens. more »
Commissioners approved a preliminary proposed 2014–15 budget Aug. 5 that is larger than the 2013–14 budget and includes significant cost increases to hire additional personnel. more »
On Aug. 5, Mayor Matt Powell began preparing a conciliatory package for St. John’s city leaders—a box that will contain Texas barbecue sauces, rubs and barbecue meats courtesy of Smokey Mo’s Bar-B-Q. more »
Austin will join Los Angeles and New York City as the only cities nationwide to receive Internet and television upgrades from Time Warner Cable, the company announced July 31. more »
Council members could join meetings by video, but Assistant City Manager Josh Selleck said video links could bring technical and legal challenges. more »
On July 18, H-E-B at the northeast corner of Bell and Whitestone boulevards held a grand reopening to celebrate the store’s 25th anniversary and to unveil the store’s $10 million, 5,200-square-foot expansion. more »
Beverage: Roasters Coffee Cafe
Photo by Stephen Burnett
Eric and Wendy Neat said they want to make Roasters Coffee Cafe more than a local coffee shop. Since the couple reopened the Little Elm Trail business in April 2013, they have offered space for individuals to work or relax, and for groups to meet.
Nonprofit: Austin Steam Train Association
Photo by Stephen Burnett
In July, the Cedar Park-based Austin Steam Train Association hired new executive director Lil Serafine to help its train-centered tourism stay on track.
Dining: Tony C's Pizza | Wine Bar
Photo by Richard Guerrero
The secret to a perfectly charred pizza crust with caramelized toppings, according to restaurateur Tony Ciola, is the oven.
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Business: Floyd Piano Company
Photo by Richard Guerrero
David Floyd said he has been around pianos most of his life. But while he tickled the ivories as a music student starting at the age of 5, Floyd said he discovered his true passion was working on the instruments to ensure perfect harmony.
Business: 101 Mobility Austin
Photo by Jana Hunter
After extensive research into business concepts that allowed the couple to help others while earning a living, the Dowdens quit their executive positions and moved from the Tyler area to open the 101 Mobility Austin in Cedar Park in April 2012.
From classic New York–style to deep-dish and vegan varieties, the area of Cedar Park, Leander and far Northwest Austin is home to more than two dozen pizza restaurants. Use this guide to find a new pizza parlor or learn more about an old favorite spot.
Market data for Cedar Park and Leander
Healthcare Directory 2014–15
Stories, news briefs, and local doctor and hospital listings in Cedar Park and Leander
- Healthcare Directory (PDF)
- Regional hospitals (PDF)
- Area physicians (PDF)
- Dell Children’s opens new unit at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center
- Repairing the ‘safety net’
- Schools, growth keep state nursing shortage in check on local level
- Arise Healthcare system expands
- Seton uses MRIs for stroke research
- Meals on Wheels of Williamson and Burnet County
- Hand to Hold
- Horses help treat trauma, disorders
- Seasonal allergy guide (PDF)
Volunteer Guide 2014
Discover ways to get involved in local nonprofits and give back to your community.