This is Kaye's fourth consecutive term as vice president. If there were a prize for tenacity, Kaye would get it! "The Hawk " is a good name for her, as her motto is: "Forever vigilant." She understands that, like the hawk, we all need to stay alert to the changes around us. Like the hawk, too, she enjoys a good meal. Her best survival tips is: "Always get enough Tex-Mex!"
Lorraine is another "zepeat" on the ZNA executive committee, and this is her third year as vice president. She has lived in the Zilker since 1980 and is a free-lance copy editor. When she is not sitting at her computer, you will find her sitting on her bike, riding around town. Her survival tip reflects her philosophy on life: "Walk whenever possible, and shop close to home."
MARY ANN SIDES
Just so everyone knows, the Sides chose their own nicknames. The pig refers to each of their births in the Chinese Year of the Pig. (We'd never dream of calling them such a thing!) But like a barnyard critter returning to the trough, Mary Ann is back for another term as Co-Secretary. Her survival tip is one we should all remember: "Keep on laughin'."
Along with his wife, Steve is serving another term as Co-Secretary for the ZNA. Though he was born in Germany and has lived all over the world, Steve and his family have called the Zilker area home for the past three years. Speaking of homes, he's an innovative builder who moonlights as an abstract painter in his spare time. His survival tip? "Love is all you need."
Keeping the ZNA mindful of its money is just a small part of what Fontaine does. She also has her own bookkeeping business, enjoys making jewelry, and loves spending time with her grandson, Manny. Her survival tip for everyone is: "When there is any kind of discomfort, immerse yourself in Barton Springs Pool." (Probably how she got the name Otter.)
"The Swamp Rabbit"
This is Bobby's first term on the ZNA executive committee. As the Austin Neighborhood Council representative, he will keep us updated on neighborhood issues. Bobby has lived in Zilker since 1988, and is a drafting technician at UT. Here is his thoughtful survival tip: "In order to become the surviving member of a flock of sheep, one must, above all, be a sheep." Huh?
Carlene enjoys the social whirl of Zilker so much, she is continuing on for a second term as the Social Chairperson. She has lived in the neighborhood for 13 years, and is a free-lance copy editor and basket weaver. Carlene is also the vice president of Tree Folks. She says her survival tip is "Watch out for the bushes". Hum...what do you think that means?
Laura gave up her position as the ANC Representative to join Carlene as the social co-chairperson. She has lived in the Zilker neighborhood for 9 years and works for the Austin Police Department. Laura's personal survival tip is taken from columnist Deb Price: "Keep your desires simple and expectations realistic. There are perfectly wonderful moments to savor."
Barbara never seems to learn her lesson. She just keeps signing on as the editor of Z-News! This is her third year as editor. Unfortunately, there is no money in it for her, but she has fun. She has lived in Zilker since 1979 and works at a non-profit counseling agency. (No money there, either!) Her best survival tip? "Never underestimate the value of an afternoon nap." GRANT SIDES
At 5 years of age, Grant has been given the job as the mascot for the ZNA. An awesome responsibility to be sure. Fortunately, he doesn't have to do much but just make us laugh during our committee meetings with his high jinks. He enjoys going to kindergarten and riding his new bike. Grant has a survival tip we all could share: "Everybody should cooperate."
If you are concerned about the impact of widening South Lamar Blvd. would have on our neighborhood, e-mail or write our City Council members today. It is important that they hear from residents and business owners in the Zilker neighborhood. Also, attend the City Council meeting to voice your concern when this issue is presented. The City Council meetings are held at LCRA headquarters building at 3701 Lake Austin Blvd. each Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
The total number of events allowed at Auditorium Shores should be reduced to 23, in part by distributing the new Wednesday night free concerts to other venues. (current draft 29, historical maxim 23)
We also need to let the Council know that the City's noise ordinance, which actually allows the kind of noise we've been enduring, is badly broken and needs to be fixed, so that concert noise can't permeate our homes.