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November 4, 2016


Vietnam Memorial Tribute Wall to be in Pflugerville over Veterans Day Weekend from November 10-13

TravelingWall1The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Traveling Wall will be on display in Pflugerville from noon on Thursday, November 10 until 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 13.  The Traveling Wall, an 80 percent-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be open to the public 24 hours a day at Pfennig Park, 1301 W. Pfennig Lane.

“We celebrate that we will honor our veterans with this commemorative display coming to Pflugerville over the Veteran’s Day holiday,” Mayor Jeff Coleman said. “The wall reminds us of the bravery of our troops and honors those who gave all during the Vietnam War.”

The City of Pflugerville and American Legion Kerlin –Lyerly Post #154 have partnered to have veterans and volunteers onsite during the day to help guests locate names on the wall. 

The Traveling Wall measures eight feet tall at its apex and is 360 feet long. There are 12 flags flown over the wall and A-frame displays with Vietnam War timelines and statistics. The public may purchase AVTT merchandise on site.

According to AVTT, The Traveling Wall was created as a celebration of freedom and tribute to America’s warriors and their family members. 

For more information on the Traveling Wall, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/travelingwall

8th Veterans Day celebration at Fallen Warrior Memorial
On November 11 at 11 a.m. is the Veterans Day Ceremony at Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road. The event includes guest speakers, honor guard and a celebration of our veterans. 

Assistant Chief Jim McLean named Interim Chief of PoliceJim Mclean
Pflugerville City Manager Brandon Wade named Jim McLean Interim Chief of the Pflugerville Police Department on October 31, 2016 in preparation for Chief Chuck Hooker’s announced retirement in January. 

“In order to allow the department to begin its succession process, Chief Hooker will work with Jim and I to ease the transition in anticipation of Chuck’s retirement,” Wade said. “Chuck, Jim and I will work during this transition time to establish the structure and environment necessary to implement a 21st Century Policing Model and set the framework to search for a new Chief of Police.”

McLean has served the city of Pflugerville for 24 years which started on December 20, 1993 when he was hired by former Chief of Police David Buesing as a patrolman. McLean was promoted to Senior Officer in December 1995, Patrol Sergeant in October 1997, and to a Lieutenant in November 2001.  Chief Chuck Hooker promoted McLean to Captain in July 2004 and then Assistant Chief of Police since October 2007. 

McLean has the Master Peace Officer certification, FEMA Certificate of Professional Development and was recognized as Officer of the Year in 1997. McLean is a TCLOSE Certified State instructor and earned a Graduate designation from the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Institute of Texas in 1999.

Wade has indicated that the search for chief will take place in 2017 with assistance from a national search firm. Chief McLean and Wade will work on a preliminary plan for department restructuring in the 21st Century Policing Approach which includes emphasis on a team-based department. 

Blue Santa applications now accepted
BlueSantaPflugerville Police Department’s Blue Santa program is now accepting applications from Pflugerville families in need. Families may apply to receive gifts for children ages 14 and under and a holiday meal by filling out the application at the Pflugerville Police Department, 1611 E. Pfennig Lane, between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. 

Applicants should bring a valid Texas Driver's License and utility bill that shows a matching address establishing proof of residence in the city limits. Delivery day is set for Saturday, December 17 between 9 a.m. - noon. 

Blue Santa is coordinated by the Pflugerville Police Department, but nearly all of the sorting, wrapping, packaging and deliveries are done by volunteers who come from Pflugerville businesses, volunteer organizations and the Pflugerville community.  

For more information, please visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/bluesanta

Groundbreaking for 1849 Park
sportsThe City of Pflugerville celebrates the groundbreaking of 1849 Park on Monday, November 7 at 11 a.m. at the park location at 16430 Cameron Road. Mayor Jeff Coleman, Councilmembers, city officials, the Master Plan Advisory Committee and the Parks and Recreation Commission will officially break ground on the 1849 Park and Sports Complex. 

The groundbreaking is the launch of Phase 1 of the park which includes approximately $10 million for construction of three multi-purpose practice fields for sports like lacrosse, rugby and soccer, as well as three football fields, parking, restrooms and a playground. The first step in developing Phase 1 involves significant site work including movement of dirt, irrigation, utility improvements and planting of turf for the fields.

The cost to develop and complete the 323-acre park's master plan is $61 million, so the park will be built in phases. 

For more information on the project, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/1849.


Kennemer Drive overlay work on November 5 
On Saturday, November 5, contractors will begin the overlay paving process on Kennemer Drive weather permitting. The paving will be on the weekend to avoid school traffic. One lane of traffic will be left open, however drivers should anticipate delays in the area and may choose to seek an alternate route. The Kennemer Drive Overlay Project is on schedule to be complete by the end of November 2016. http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/projects

Have pfun coloring and meet new pfriends
Meet fellow coloring enthusiasts during Adult Coloring Club at the Pflugerville Public Library on Monday, November 7. The club will meet for an hour in the Pfab Lab on the first Monday of each month at 2 p.m. The library will provide coloring pencils and coloring sheets for attendees. Guests are welcome to bring their own materials to the coloring club. Anyone 18 and up may attend.

Make a Washi tape monogram at Adult Craft Night
Make a framed monogram using stencils and Washi tape at the Pflugerville Public Library on Thursday, November 10. Materials will be provided while supplies last. The event starts at 6 p.m.

Story Time with Mother Goose
mother gooseJoin the Pflugerville Library for a fun interactive story time with special guest, Mother Goose. Children build language and social skills through books, songs and rhymes. The program is followed by a craft. Story Time with Mother Goose is on Tuesday, November 8 at 10 a.m. and at 11 a.m.This program is open to all and designed for up to preschool-aged children.

Play Time, new program for young children at the library
Bring your child to Play Time at the Pflugerville Library on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This program is for children ages 0 to 5 to enjoy with their parent or caregiver. All toys will be provided by the library.

Movie Matinee: Star Trek Beyond
Enjoy a pfree movie at the Pflugerville Library on Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m. In this third installment of the rebooted Star Trek film series Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) struggles with a personal crisis as he and the crew of the Enterprise are attacked by a dictator named Krall (Idris Elba).  Also starring Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana. (Rated PG-13, ©Paramount Pictures). Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Rowe Lane Safety Improvements Open House 

The City of Pflugerville invites the public to an Open House for the Rowe Lane Improvements Project on November 16, 2016 at the Blackhawk Community Center, 3111 Speidel Drive, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to provide information regarding the safety improvements to begin on the road in early 2017. Citizens are welcomed to provide comments and ask questions during the meeting.Rowe lane

Rowe Lane improvements include reconstruction of the existing two-lane section and adding shoulders to the road. The project will begin after the completion of Kennemer Drive improvements that are currently underway. The project is a cost-sharing safety project using Pflugerville and Travis County bond funds approved by voters to reconstruct the existing two-lane section. On November 18, 2014 the Pflugerville City Council approved an inter-local agreement to proceed with Travis County on improvements to Rowe Lane. The area of road to be improved is from SH 130 to Martin Lane as shown on map. Additional Information

Arbor Day Tree planting at Cambridge Heights Park 
tree plantingAn Arbor Day Tree Planting is underway this morning at Cambridge Heights Park, 17500 Marfa Lights Trail, as city staff and volunteers are planting 12 trees. With fall as a great time of year to plant trees in Texas, Texas Arbor Day is observed in November, whereas national Arbor Day is in April.

The trees planted include an assortment Chinquapin oak, Red Oak, Burr Oak, Maple and Texas Red Bud.

Now is a great time to plan landscape gardening and trees at your home. Don't forget about the city's Drop by Drop landscape rebate program which provides up to $500 in rebates for planting native, drought-tolerant plants and trees in your yard. Texas Arbor Day is a great time to start your plan!

What's Happening

voteVoting / La votacion en personaNovember 8 7:00 a.m.- 7:p.m. Voters may vote at your designated voting location for their county of residence. 8 de Noviembre. Los votantes pueden votar en su lugar de votación designado para su condado de residencia.
www.pflugervilletx.gov/election

Pfoster homes needed 
Foster homes are needed for the Pflugerville Animal Shelter. With dog and cat adoptions at $20, fostering is a great way to see if an animal is right for your home while also making the pet more comfortable and adoptable for its future forever home. If interested, contact the shelter at 512-990-PETS. 

Grass and hydrilla mowing at Lake Pflugerville
The mower is at Lake Pflugerville to help collect and remove hydrilla and pond grasses from within Lake Pflugerville. 

This Week 

Saturday 11/5: Basic Sewing Class (L)
Sunday 11/6: Movie Matinee: Star Trek Beyond (L); Game On! Board Games (L)
Monday 11/7: Groundbreaking 1849 Park (P&R); Baby Time – Babies 3 to 12 months (L); Baby Times: Babies 12 to 18 months (L); Paws & Read (L); Adult Coloring Club (L); Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting (B&C)
Tuesday 11/8: Election Day Voting (O)/ Dia de Eleccion vota; City Council Meeting (B&C); Pfestive Pfarmers Market (P&R); Bilingual (English & Spanish) Story Time for Everyone! (L); Home School Kids (Ages 5 to 8) – Addition Games (L); Home School Teens (L); Home School Tweens (L) 
Wednesday 11/9: Play Time (L); Paperback Pirates (L); Library Board Meeting (B&C) 
Thursday 11/10: The Traveling Wall Exhibit Nov. 10 – Nov. 13 (P&R); Story Time (L); Kids Crafternoon (Ages 5 to 8) – Indian Corn with Buttons (L); Adult Craft Night – Washi Tape Monograms (L)

Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O - Other
Online City Event Calendar 


SAVE THE DATE
Nov 15 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Party: 
Celebrate the wizarding world with crafts, food, and games on November 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pflugerville Library. Create your own fantastic beasts, get sorted into an Ilvermorny house, participate in wand training, and more! Wizards, witches, and no-majs of all ages are welcome to attend. Everyone is encouraged to dress in your best 1920's wizard's robes. 

November 18 Senior Health Fair - The Pflugerville Recreation Center hosts a senior health fair with vendors providing information about various senior services within the community from 9 a.m. - noon. Come and listen to speakers discuss various topics regarding senior health. All are welcome. 512-990-6350. 

November 19 Pfall Pfest - Come shop at the Pflugerville Recreation Center's Pfall Pfest from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Vendors will be setup throughout the center for you to begin your holiday shopping. www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfallpfest

November 25-27 and December 3-4 Vintage Christmas at Heritage House. On November 25, 26, 27 and December 3, 4 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day. There will be a display of old fashioned toys provided by Toy Time and community donors. Take photos with Santa! The Pflugerville Quilt Guild will have quilts on display and for sale. Heritage House is located on 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd, Pflugerville, TX. Pflugervilletx.gov/heritagehouse