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October 14, 2016


Pflugerville Police Chief Announces retirement effective January 2017 
Chief HookerThe City of Pflugerville Police Chief Chuck Hooker announced his retirement from the City of Pflugerville today with his final day of service on Friday, January 6, 2017. 

“Under Chief Hooker’s leadership the Police Department has expanded community policing initiatives, received numerous accolades for valor and kept our city among the safest in America,” City Manager Brandon Wade said. “Our community has ‘backed the blue’ and appreciates Hooker’s efforts and more than 30 years of dedicated service to the City of Pflugerville.”

Hooker joined the City of Pflugerville Police Department in 1983 as a Patrol Officer, and served in numerous roles over the years including Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant, Assistant Chief and since 2004 as Chief of Police.  Since 2005, Hooker has overseen the city’s emergency management system as Emergency Management Coordinator. Hooker is the longest tenured employee in city history. 

“It has been my privilege and honor to serve the Citizens of Pflugerville throughout these many years and to have been a small part of the successes of our Police Department and City,” Chief Hooker said. “It is the men and women who have served with me both past and present who deserve the credit for making our agency one of the finest Police Departments in Texas.  I would like to thank all the city employees, my peers on the City Staff, City Manager Brandon Wade and the current and past members of our City Council for their support.  It has been my honor to serve with you.” 

The City will honor Hooker at the January 10, 2017 City Council meeting.

Chili Pfest Saturday in downtown Pflugerville 

It's time for the 9th Annual Chili Pfest where nearly 40 cook-off teams compete for the top prize of Best Chili in Town. Live music on stage features Sawdust Road from Houston from noon to 2:30 p.m., followed by the traditional Jalapeno Eating Contest at 3 p.m., sponsored by Toy Time, and the award presentations at 4 p.m.chili time

At the Heat Wave Car Show check out the classics and hot rods. Vendors sell food, drinks, beer and arts and crafts. A Kids' Zone features a petting zoo, face painters, a balloon artist and bounce houses.

Purchase a package of tasting cups to sample the teams' chili from noon to 3 p.m. -- but hurry, all that chili gets gobbled up fast. Admission is free and $5 for a package of 15 2-oz tasting cups.Proceeds benefit the Pflugerville Downtown Association.

Sponsored by the City of Pflugerville and Pflugerville Downtown Association, in cooperation with Hanovers Draught Haus and other local businesses.

Pflugerville Police announced as local legend; benevolence fund created 
The Pflugerville Downtown Association held its annual PflugerGolf Tournament on October 10. To kick-off the tournament, each year the PflugerGolf coordinators select a Pflugerville Legend to honor. This year the Pflugerville Police Department was announced as the 2016 Pflugerville Legend Award recipient and a donation of $5000 was given to start a benevolence fund to support families of officers or individual officers in time of need and provide youth scholarships.benevolenceFundAward
 
“It is an honor to recognize our Pflugerville Police Department for their valor and commitment to the Pflugerville community,” Victor Johnson from Pflugerville Downtown Association said. “The Pflugerville Downtown Association is proud to present $5,000 to launch a benevolence fund to support our police force. These men and women work every day, rain or shine, to ensure our community is peaceful, safe, and secure, while treating every person with respect and dignity. It is our pleasure to name the Police Department this year's Pflugerville Legend.
 
Pflugerville’s first police chief and founder of the Pflugerville Police Department, David Buesing, and Chief Chuck Hooker accepted the award on behalf of the Police Department which has grown to more than 100 officers and public servants from a department of one back in 1980. 
 
The Pflugerville Downtown Association is accepting donations to the benevolence fund. For more information, contact Victor Johnson at victor.johnson@pflugerville-PBF.org.

Senior Appy Hour at the Library 
Register today for Senior Appy Hour at the Pflugerville Public Library. Get one-on-one assistance with your tablet or phone and learn how to download ebooks, music and more using library applications. Registration is required. Visit the library calendar to register for a time from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Medicare Presentation 
Come to the Pflugerville Public Library on October 18 at 2 p.m. for a presentation on Medicare. Angela Herron of the Texas Department of Insurance will walk you through the basics and discuss supplemental insurance and Medicare changes for the coming year. Refreshments will be provided.

Watch Pfocus: Recognition Episode 12 for City Council highlights 
Pflugerville PfocusWatch today's Pflugerville Pfocus for additional highlights on Tuesday's Council meeting: Benevolence Fund, new development plans at SH 130 and Pflugerville Parkway and information on Pflugerville Animal Services. Visit the city'sYouTube Channel for the latest episode. 

Dia de los Muertos Family Night
On October 20 the Pflugerville Public Library celebrates Dia de los Muertos with a craft and presentation of the film "The Book of Life" (Rated PG, 20th Century Fox). Families with children ages 8 and up are welcome to attend. Decorate sugar skulls and work on paper crafts. The event starts at 6 p.m. Materials will be provided while supplies last.

New Raspberry Pi Club 
The Raspberry Pi is a micro-computer that can do anything! Turn your Raspberry Pi into a camera, a home server, a retro gaming machine or use it to surf the internet and stream movies. Unlock your Raspberry Pi potential at the Raspberry Pi Club starting October 20 at the Pflugerville Public Library. At the first meeting there will be an open discussion about the Pi and possible future projects. If you don’t own a Raspberry Pi, the Pflugerville Library has 6 Pis to share. Members are welcome to bring their own Raspberry Pi and projects that they are currently working on. The club is open to anyone age 12 and up. Register.

Pflugerville announces Amy Giannini as city engineer
AmyGianniniAt the October 11 City Council meeting, Pflugerville City Council approved City Manager Brandon Wade’s recommendation to appoint Amy Giannini as city engineer for the City of Pflugerville, Texas. 

Giannini has served the city since 2010, as an Engineer Associate and most recently as the Development Engineering Director. 

Giannini is a Registered Professional Engineer and Certified Floodplain manager with nine years of experience in design, management and review of roadway, drainage and land development projects. 

The city engineer manages construction of capital improvement projects to ensure design and construction plans comply with the city adopted regulations and guidelines. 

October is adopt a shelter dog month
It's time to adopt a shelter dog because in October adoptions are $20 and include spay/neuter, puppy shots, a wellness coupon and tail wags. BunnyDog

The shelter is now a part of a new division in the city, Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services, (PAWS) which includes the shelter services, animal care and adoptions. Check out the animals up for adoption by visiting www.pflugervilletx.gov/adoptadog and save the date for the second annual Trunk or Treat event at the Animal Shelter on October 29.

Pictured is Bunny, one of several dogs ready for a pforever home. 

Robotics at the Recreation Center
Everyone likes robotics and the Parks and Recreation Department wants to make it easier to learn. All Level 1 Robotics classes in 2016 are now only $15 for six hours of instruction. Choose from two class times offered on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. or at 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., starting on Oct. 27. A midday class is offered on Fridays, starting on Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Level 2 classes are also available for six weeks of instruction for $100.


October 11 was Caroline Coleman Day in the City of Pflugerville
caroline coleman day City Council enjoyed a sweet treat on October 11 as the city recognized and congratulated Caroline Coleman who recently won first place in an episode of Chopped Junior. She served the Council and guests three cupcakes based on her appearance on the show. Coleman described her cupcakes as chocolate chocolate brownie crumble from her round on the show, a pink lemonade with frosting and sparkles because she is sparkly and the last one is the simply sweet vanilla because she was so sweet to the contestants on the show. Congratulations to Caroline on your Chopped Junior win! You represented Pflugerville well. 


What's Happening

Beginner Robotics at the Pflugerville Library – On Monday, October 17 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tani Tambila of T2Robotics will guide kids and parents through the steps of creating a robot with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 kits. Ages 5 through 12 are welcome. Parents must accompany children.

Renew senior activity club memberships -  Senior Activity Club memberships expired September 30, 2016. Renew or join with an annual membership at the Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road. New members are always welcome. Fees are just $3 per year for residents or $5 per couple. Non-residents pay an annual fee of $5 per person or $7 per couple. Activities include classes, games and day trips and overnight excursions. For more information, call 512-990-6350 or view www.pfseniors.com


This Week 
Friday 10/14: Tween Typing (L); Sensory Story Time (L)
Saturday 10/15: Pfall Chili Pfest; Saturday Story Time (L); Paws & Read (L)
Sunday 10/16: Game On! Board Games (L)
Monday 10/17: Baby Time – Babies 3 to 12 months (L); Baby Times: Babies 12 to 18 months (L); Senior Appy Hour (L); Beginner Robotics (L); Paws & Read (L)
Tuesday 10/18: Pfarmers Market (P&R); Heritage House Museum Open (P&R); Oktoberfest Accordion Concert (P&R); Bilingual (English & Spanish) Story Time for Everyone! (L); (L); Home School Kids (Ages 5 to 8) – String Figures with Ester Lopez (L); Home School Tweens (L); Medicare Presentation (L); Sit ‘n Knit (L); 
Wednesday 10/19: Walk In Computer Help for Adults (L); Tween Scene (L)
Thursday 10/20: Story Time (L); Kids Crafternoon (Ages 5 to 8) –Pumpkin Cat Acetate (L); Mystery Book Club (L); Pfab Lab Family Activity – Dia de los Muertos (L); Raspberry Pi Club (L); Beginning Guitar Lessons (L); Parks and Recreation Commission Regular Meeting (P&R)

Save the Date

October 25, Story Walk Kick Off
 - Don't miss the Story Walk Kick Off on the Heritage House Museum lawn on Tuesday, October 25 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pfamilies will take a walk along the Heritage Park Trail to read the Story Walk book, Sheep Take a Hike by Nancy Shaw. Crafts will be provided at the end of the trail for kids to work on at home. All ages are welcome to attend. Materials provided while supplies last. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.


October 26 Weiss Lane Roadway Improvement Open House - The City of Pflugerville and Travis County will host an open house at the Pflugerville Justice Center, 1611 E. Pfennig Ln. on Wednesday, October 26 to provide information about the much-anticipated Weiss Lane Roadway Improvements project that is slated to begin in early 2017 with construction scheduled for 20 months.  Throughout the construction, the roadway will remain open with a north and south bound lane of traffic at all times. The open house is from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  

October 26 Zumba Halloween Style -  Want to try ZUMBA?  Come to the Pflugerville Recreation Center on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 8:15 a.m. for “Monster Mash Zumba Bash.” Come dance to your favorite Halloween songs, like Thriller and Monster Mash.  No experience necessary. Wear all black or a costume and join us for some Halloween pfun. Childcare is available in the Recreation Center Nursery for $2 per hour.