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Austin ISD students raise funds for global science competition

Kara Nuzback

Austin ISD students raise funds for global science competition

A team of Northwest Austin middle schoolers are paving the way for Austin ISD to become a major contender in a global competition.

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Teachers and members of Austin ISD employees union Education Austin gather at an April 27 meeting of the school district's board of trustees to request a 5 percent staff pay raise.

Kelli Weldon

Austin ISD employees seek pay raises, tell trustees: 'Give Me 5'

Before the Austin ISD board of trustees reviewed the school district’s preliminary fiscal year 2016 budget, AISD staff and parents urged the board during public comment to implement a 5 percent pay raise for its employees. more »

Apr 28, 2015 12:00 AM Austin Metro

The second North by North Austin Garden and Artisan Tour includes tours of several private, community and school gardens.

Courtesy Mary Rudig

North Austin garden tour supports schools, artists

Residents are invited to tour several North Austin gardens, including the new Adelphi Acre Community Garden, for the second North by North Austin Garden and Artisan Tour on May 2. more »

Apr 28, 2015 2:00 AM Northwest Austin

Seven Austin-based nonprofit groups participated in Philanthropitch, a third annual fast-pitch event hosted by Greenlights.

Joe Lanane

Austin nonprofits win big during third annual Philanthropitch event

An Austin-based support group called Multicultural Refugee Coalition was the top winner at this year’s Philanthropitch, the “Shark Tank” equivalent of nonprofit awards ceremonies. more »

Apr 28, 2015 8:46 AM Central Austin 1 Comments

Randy Denzer of Austin Firefighters Association discusses City Councilman Don Zimmerman's proposed Fire Break Parkway.

Photo by Kara Nuzback

Austin councilman's proposed Fire Break Parkway ignites opposition

A proposed roadway aimed at reducing the risk of wildfires but would cut through the Balcones Canyonland Preserve in Travis County has ignited opposition from Northwest Austin residents. more »

Apr 27, 2015 12:39 PM Northwest Austin 2 Comments

Austin chamber offers school districts snapshot with annual progress report

Graduation rates reached an all-time high for all three school districts in Northwest Austin, according to the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s annual Education Progress Reports for the districts. more »

Apr 27, 2015 3:00 PM Northwest Austin

Crews work on the MoPac Improvement Project near the Lake Austin Boulevard exit ramp, which will be closed for at least 30 days beginning April 26.

Courtesy Steve Pustelnyk/Mobility Authority

Lake Austin Blvd. exit on MoPac to close for 30 days starting April 26

Starting the evening of April 26, the Lake Austin Boulevard exit ramp on southbound MoPac will close for at least 30 days to allow crews to reconstruct it as part of the MoPac Improvement Project. more »

Apr 23, 2015 3:57 PM Austin Metro

Small and aging retail centers find success in Northwest Austin

For the past five years Austin’s retail real estate occupancy has hovered well above 90 percent. It is a trend Karen Judson, vice president of marketing and research for commercial real estate firm Transwestern, does not see relenting any time soon. more »

Apr 22, 2015 7:00 AM Northwest Austin

Students at Laurel Mountain Elementary School get a lesson in physics during Engineering Day. Such initiatives are designed to help get students excited about science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.

Scott Thomas

Local school districts invest in STEM

Laurel Mountain Elementary School first-grade students could be found excitedly making cars out of construction paper and plastic straws March 6. more »

Apr 22, 2015 7:00 AM Northwest Austin

Highland Mall soon to be college campus

Contrary to popular belief, Highland Mall is still open—but not for long. Austin’s first regional indoor shopping center closes to consumers April 30 after 44 years to make room for Austin Community College’s expanding Highland Campus. more »

Apr 22, 2015 7:00 AM Northwest Austin

Randomly selected Austin Water Utility customers will participate in a new program that allows users to better track and manage water use.

Courtesy Austin Water Utility

New Austin Water mobile app tracks usage

A new mobile phone application called Dropcountr could soon help Austin Water Utility customers track and manage their water usage, potentially resulting in less water usage and more money saved. more »

Apr 21, 2015 8:57 AM Central Austin

Local movie premiere aims to spark movement for kindness

On April 23, OnBuzz, a local film distribution and marketing firm, will host the red carpet premiere of “Little Boy,” a full-length feature film depicting a young boy determined to bring his father home alive from World War II. more »

Apr 21, 2015 12:17 PM Austin Metro

District 10 City Councilwoman Sheri Gallo hosted the April 18 meeting to provide information on public safety issues, such as bike lanes and traffic-calming devices.

Amy Denney

Bike lanes, traffic-calming devices top public safety issues at District 10 town hall meeting

Traffic safety was a key issue at a District 10 town hall meeting where West and Northwest Austin residents questioned city officials about removing bike lanes and adding traffic-calming devices such as speed humps. more »

Apr 21, 2015 12:00 AM Northwest Austin

AISD works on facilities improvements, seeks overcrowding solutions

Projects are advancing as part of Austin ISD’s facility master plan, and the school district’s board of trustees received updates on the plan's progress as well as potential changes to boundaries and transfer policies during its April 21 meeting. more »

Apr 21, 2015 12:00 AM Austin Metro

The Chick-Fil-A at Research Boulevard and Braker Lane was demolished March 7. Franchise owner Jeff Glover said a larger and more efficient location will be built and reopen in late summer.

John Adams

IMPACT ROUNDUP: Eco-friendly hotel concept opens 50th location near The Domain

Home2 Suites by Hilton and Autumn Leaves opens locations in Northwest Austin. Chick-fil-A on Research Boulevard and Braker Lane has been demolished and will be rebuilt. more »

Apr 16, 2015 4:10 PM Northwest Austin

Round Rock ISD approves digital textbooks

The Round Rock ISD board of trustees debated technology in the classroom at its meeting April 13. more »

Apr 17, 2015 2:40 PM Northwest Austin

Austin chamber names new head of economic development

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce hired within for its senior vice president of economic development role that had been vacant since December. more »

Apr 17, 2015 1:42 PM Central Austin

C.J. Sackman has proposed a multifamily development at 8528 Burnet Road.

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Burnet Road multifamily development continues to face delays

A developer hoping to bring 225 rental units to a high demand area along Burnet Road continues to face delays. more »

Apr 16, 2015 4:27 PM Central Austin

Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long and Lakeway City Councilman Joe Bain review new data regarding congestion on RR 620 at the Oct. 13 CAMPO Transportation Policy Board meeting.

Photo by Leslee Bassman

CAMPO to launch western Travis Co. mobility task force in summer

Recognizing a need to address mobility on RM 620, RM 2222 and Loop 360 among other roadways, a Central Texas agency will launch a task force to analyze improvements to traffic congestion in western Travis County. more »

Apr 14, 2015 11:43 AM Northwest Austin

Capital Metro President and CEO Linda Watson and RideScout CEO and founder Joseph Kopser are both involved in the launch of MobilityATX, which is an initiative designed to encourage residents to submit solutions to traffic congestion.

Amy Denney

Austin traffic initiative encourages residents to submit solutions

The newest initiative to find solutions to Austin’s traffic congestion, MobilityATX, launched April 13 and asks residents to come up with creative ideas on how to fix the problem. more »

Apr 13, 2015 2:21 PM Northwest Austin 2 Comments

District 4 Council member Greg Casar hosts transportation town hall meeting, April 13.

Kara Nuzback

Casar, residents discuss acquiring North Lamar Blvd. from TxDOT

District 4 Council member Greg Casar says he knows one meeting cannot solve the city’s transportation woes. more »

Apr 14, 2015 11:18 AM Northwest Austin 3 Comments

Delysia Chocolatier

Photo by David Weaver

Sweets include scientific flair

Shahi Foods & Shahi Cafe

Amy Denney

International cultures unite at Indo-European grocery store, restaurant

Transportation Updates

Local and regional toll, transit, road and airport projects

Parks and trails guide

John Adams

Explore Northwest Austin's acres of parks, trails and greenbelts

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News and events from Austin’s philanthropic groups

Farmers market guide

Amy Denney

Austin-area farmers markets

At the Capitol

News from the 84th Legislature and elected officials in Northwest Austin

Summer camp guide

Local camp listings

Volunteer Guide 2015

Discover ways to get involved in local nonprofits and give back to your community

Education Focus

STAAR results, feeder charts and updates for Austin, Pflugerville and Round Rock ISDs

2014–15 Healthcare Directory

Stories, news briefs, and local doctor and hospital listings in Northwest Austin

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