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Joe Olivieri

Joe has been covering Southwest Austin news since he joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2011. His reporting focuses on new businesses, development, transportation, industry and Travis County issues. Joe hails from New Jersey. 

Freescale to give marathon proceeds to help STEM nonprofit

​Freescale Foundation will donate all proceeds from the 2015 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon to support education nonprofit First in Texas Foundation, the groups announced in mid-November. more »

Nov 19, 2014 1:31 PM Southwest Austin 1 Comments

PhoNatic’s Bun Thit Heo Nuong is grilled marinated pork with vermicelli noodles and vegetables ($7.95).

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PhoNatic Vietnamese Cuisine

In 2010 Pat Lee noticed Vietnamese food had not yet gone mainstream. He and his wife, Sara, were operating a franchise of a Houston-based Vietnamese restaurant at the time. more »

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM , Cedar Park | Leander

The Steak Diablo ($21) is an 8-ounce Black Angus flat-iron steak with three Diablo shrimp and chipotle cream and is served with pico de gallo and fire-roasted jalapeno hollandaise.

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Chisos Grill

Chisos Grill takes a fine dining, gluten-free approach to Southwestern cuisine, co-owner and Executive Chef Chad Jones said. more »

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake

Kitchen avoids runoff and wins Austin City Council District 5 race

Ann Kitchen has avoided a runoff and is expected to win the race for Austin City Council District 5. more »

Nov 4, 2014 7:41 PM Vote Central Texas

Travis County Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt

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Eckhardt, Shea, Gomez to serve on Travis County Commissioners Court

According to final unofficial results, Democrat Sarah Eckhardt has won the race to be the next Travis County Judge. more »

Nov 4, 2014 7:38 PM Vote Central Texas

Neighbors rally against the proposed St. Elmo's Market and Lofts project, which they say will increase traffic, raise costs and not fit with the area's industrial character, among other concerns.

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Neighbors, businesses rally against St. Elmo's Market and Lofts project

Residents and local business employees marched along Industrial Boulevard Oct. 30 in protest of the proposed St. Elmo’s Market and Lofts project. more »

Oct 30, 2014 11:47 AM Southwest Austin 3 Comments

Study: Circuit of The Americas has $897M economic impact

Circuit of the Americas produced an $897 million economic impact to the Austin region from October 2013 to September 2014, according to a new study. more »

Oct 28, 2014 1:37 PM Austin Metro 1 Comments

Space needs reviewed for planned courthouse

Commissioners now have a better idea of how much space each department will need inside the proposed civil and family courthouse. more »

Oct 22, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Building up South Congress Avenue

Several projects are in the works along South Congress Avenue south of Ben White Boulevard; if completed, they stand to change the corridor from an industrial hub to a more mixed-use area featuring housing and retail options. more »

Oct 22, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin 3 Comments

Travis County greenlights Wells Branch project

Commissioners approved the financing of a new senior apartment housing project in the Wells Branch community Oct. 14. more »

Oct 22, 2014 12:00 AM Northwest Austin

Lights illuminate The Midway Food Park at dusk. The park is open until the last truck closes.

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The Midway Food Park

In August 2013, Sarah Hannon opened The Midway Food Park, a food trailer park nestled in the rolling hills along Capital of Texas Highway. more »

Oct 8, 2014 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake

Interim Superintendent Paul Cruz delivers his 2014 State of the District Address Oct. 6.

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Cruz touts AISD's successes during annual address

Austin ISD interim Superintendent Paul Cruz emphasized the community’s role in supporting education during his 2014 State of the District address. more »

Oct 6, 2014 5:01 PM Austin Metro

The Two-Meat Plate ($13.99) can include: brisket, pulled pork, smoked or grilled chicken, sausage or a hemp seed vegan patty.

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Smoke‘n Hops

The idea for Smoke‘n Hops has been brewing for more than a decade, according to co-owner Lloyd Lee. more »

Sep 25, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Caren Jeskey poses for a portrait at Lumiere's mobile Tintype Photobooth.

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Sunset Valley 60th anniversary

The city of Sunset Valley celebrated 60 years of incorporation with a special event Sept. 20 that featured live music, food trucks, prize drawings and activities for children. more »

Sep 25, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

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Arrested development in Oak Hill

As a western gateway to Austin, the Oak Hill area would seem like a natural place for prosperous development. more »

Sep 25, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin 4 Comments

David Kramer is the director of the Freescale Discovery Lab.

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Freescale Semiconductor touts experimental lab

Last July Freescale Semiconductor opened a new laboratory in its Oak Hill headquarters dedicated to high-risk, high-reward experimental projects. More than a year later, company officials shared new details about its progress. more »

Sep 3, 2014 12:09 PM Southwest Austin

Work on St. Edward's University's gym is underway.

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St. Edward’s updates its facilities

Two buildings on the St. Edward’s University campus will feature newly renovated spaces and added amenities this fall, said Paige Booth, vice president for marketing and enrollment management. more »

Aug 27, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

From left: IM Thai Cuisine co-owners Noi Owens, Mam Hubbard and Nart Kemaleelakul met 12 years ago as workers at former Austin restaurant Thai Tara. In February, they opened a second location in Buda.

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IM Thai Cuisine

Noi Owens, Nart Kemaleelakul and Mam Hubbard were colleagues at a Thai restaurant in downtown Austin before opening their own restaurant, IM Thai Cuisine, in Sunset Valley in 2010. more »

Aug 27, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

St. Augustine to open new building

Workers are nearing completion on the second building on The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences campus, said Eric Brosch, executive director of communications. more »

Aug 27, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin