Ana Gonzalez

Intern for KUT News.

Education
10:21 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Making Dreams Come True: Scholarship Assists Undocumented Manor Student

High school student Audrey Vivar (right) sold bracelets to finance a scholarship for an undocumented student.
Photo courtesy makedreamsrealityscholarship.webs.com

As college-bound high school seniors graduate this month, many of them will have to worry about how they’re going to pay for their education.

But for one Manor, Texas student, her senior year has focused instead on helping to pay for someone else to go to school, by creating a scholarship for a fellow student from Manor – an undocumented student.

Make DREAMs Reality is a campaign created by Audrey Vivar, a senior at Manor New Technology High School. Vivar is offering a $500 scholarship for a Manor graduate who wants to go on to college, no social security number required.

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Parks and Recreation
1:47 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

How Do Austin Parks Compare to the Rest of the Country?

In this detail of Austin's ParkScore map, orange and red represent neighborhoods in need of parkland.
Image courtesy parkscore.tpl.org

Austin’s “ParkScore” was announced today by the nonprofit Trust for Public Land.

What’s a ParkScore? The assessment looks at parks in the 40 largest U.S. cities, including Austin. The Trust for Public Land studies park systems from several different standpoints.

“The best possible score would be five park benches,” Peter Harnik, director of the trust’s Center for City Park Excellence, tells KUT News.

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City Council
11:17 am
Wed May 23, 2012

City Council Preview: Welcome Back - Now Here's 145 Items

Heading to City Hall this Thursday? You might want to pack a sleeping bag.
Daniel Reese for KUT News

The break’s over: City Council reconvenes this Thursday with a 141 item-long agenda. (Oh, and a four-item addendum.)

As the recent city elections and plans for an urban rail system have preoccupied council members’ time, we’ve prepared a crib sheet for this Thursday’s long slog. (You’re welcome!)

Green Waters Run Deep: Certain  to generate ample discussion at the meeting is Item 12, the sale of the former Green Water Treatment Plant site downtown, along Cesar Chavez Street, to developer Trammel Crow. 

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Barton Springs
2:24 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Barton Springs Pool Master Plan Meeting Tonight

A master plan for the Barton Springs Pool area will be discussed this evening
Image courtesy larsonburns.com

Tonight’s your chance to help shape the direction of Barton Springs Pool.

Possible changes to areas around the beloved swimming hole will be heard at a joint committee meeting of the Parks and Recreation Board and Environmental Board this evening. And the public is invited to attend the meeting and sound off on the proposals.

The meeting is focused on the proposed Barton Springs Pool Master Plan. Aspects of the plan include options for a new south entry gate, a new ticket booth at south gate, a new perimeter fence, and more.

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