Turkey Trot raises $325,000 for Caritas




Turkey Trot raises $325,000

The 27th annual ThunderCloud Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day raised $325,000, which was presented to Caritas of Austin.

The ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot is a 5-mile run and included a 1-mile walk and a Kids K that took place outside the Long Center for the Performing Arts. More than 20,000 people participated this year.

Caritas of Austin is a nonprofit that works to prevent and end homelessness in Austin. Funds will benefit various programs, serve meals and help individuals gain employment.

— American-Statesman staff


City offices close for holidays

City of Jonestown offices will close Monday and Tuesday for the Christmas holiday.

The Jonestown Police Department administration offices will be closed Monday through Jan. 2.

City offices will be closed Jan. 1 for New Years Day.

— American-Statesman staff


More cops patrolling for holidays

The Manor Police Department announced it will have extra officers on the streets for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Officers will conduct strict “no tolerance” traffic enforcement of DWI’s, seat belt violations, speeding and other serious traffic offenses to help reduce the number of traffic fatalities.

— American-Statesman staff


Austin B-cycle celebrates 4 years

Austin B-cycle, the city’s bike-share program, celebrates four years of operations in the city as of Thursday.

The system has grown from 11 stations and 75 bikes when it launched Dec. 21, 2013, to 54 stations and more than 450 bikes today.

The system is expected to install 15 more stations in 2018 due in part to a grant from the Federal Highway Administration’s transportation alternatives program. Two stations in East Austin are scheduled for installation in early 2018, one at the Rebekah Baines Johnson Public Health Center near the Ann and Roy Butler hike-and-bike trail and another at East Sixth Street and Chalmers Avenue.

At the beginning of 2017, Austin B-cycle increased the included ride time for all members from 30 minutes to 60 minutes, which resulted in 7 percent longer average trip time by riders. So far in 2017, nearly 40,000 riders have taken more than 187,000 trips, covering 660,000 miles.

— American-Statesman staff



Offices to close for Christmas

City of Round Rock offices, including the municipal court and utility billing, will be closed Monday for the Christmas holiday.

The Round Rock Public Library and the Clay Madsen Recreation Center will be closed Sunday and Monday, and the Allen R. Baca Center will be closed Saturday through Monday.

Utility bills and court-related fines can be paid online.

Residential trash and recycling pickup will shift one day next week.

— American-Statesman staff


Residents urged to recycle

City of Georgetown residents are encouraged to recycle Christmas trees, boxes and wrapping paper to reduce material going to the landfill.

When recycling a tree, remove the tree stand and any garland, ornaments or lights. Artificial trees cannot be recycled.

Texas Disposal Systems customers in the city limits of Georgetown can put Christmas trees on the curb for collection on the regular yard trimmings pickup day. Trees 7 feet in length or less can be placed at the curb uncut. Longer trees should be cut into sections.

Cardboard boxes and wrapping paper are recyclable. If they won’t fit in the recycling cart, put wrapping paper and boxes in a larger box and set it next to the recycling cart so it can be recycled. Ribbons and bows are not recyclable.

Cellophane wrap and plastic bags are recyclable if they are placed in a yellow Bag-the-Bag, tied and placed inside the recycling cart. Note that no extra plastic bags next to a trash cart are permitted without a bag tag.

Christmas trees will be accepted Tuesday to Jan. 31 at no charge at the city of Georgetown Collection Station, 250 W.L. Walden Drive. Normal fees apply to other items. Mulch is available, year-round, free-of-charge to city residents.

— American-Statesman staff



Turn in your excess leaves

The city of San Marcos Resource Recovery program and Texas State University’s Bobcat Blend composting program will collect residents’ leaves until Jan. 13 as a way to divert them from the landfill.

The trailer is in the parking lot of the Grant Harris Jr. Building, 401 E. Hopkins St.

Leaves and grass clippings can be brought in trash bags or paper bags and deposited in the cage trailer. Leaves should be free of trash or other non-biodegradable materials. The leaves will be used by the program to make compost.

Large branches should not be included because the program does not have a means to grind them up.

— American-Statesman staff

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