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WHAT:    League members and the general public are invited to hear a panel of judges discuss the importance and need for public awareness of an independent judiciary.
WHO:    Our panel of experts:
– Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Craig Enoch
– Texas Third Court of Appeals Justice Diane Henson
– Travis County Court at Law #2 Judge Eric Shepperd

Maxine Barkan, Program Chair for Judicial Selection for the League of Women Voters of Texas
WHEN:        Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE:    The meeting will be held at LCRA Red Bud Center
3601 Lake Austin Blvd., Room 108S (ample parking adjacent to the building)

Tuesday’s Commander’s Forum

We found out at the Commander’s Forum last night that our new District Reps are Kelly LaHood (south of Hancock so just a tiny bit of Allandale) and A.J. Rodriguez. Kelly was there last night and seemed fabulous – very young, outgoing and energetic. AJ was unable to be there but I’m going to call him soon. I’m hoping he’ll be able to attend some if not all of the National Night Out gatherings set for Allandale on October 7th (there are at least 14 or 15 planned).

Large Voter Turnout expected in Travis County

Constable’s Notebook – October 2008
By Constable Bruce Elfant

Based on huge voter turnouts in the presidential primaries, Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir expects that the voter turnout on November 4 will “surpass anything we have seen before.” The 2008 presidential election certainly has been one of the most interesting, historic and closely followed campaigns in modern times. A weak economy, 2 wars, the first serious female presidential candidate, first female vice presidential nominee and the first African American presidential nominee has generated more interest in the outcome than at any time in the last 40 years. Historically only about half of registered voters have bothered to vote in U. S. presidential elections. It has been 40 years since a presidential election attracted even 6 in 10 registered voters, which is lower than almost any other industrialized democracy.

Library Update

By Nathan Dooley

The Yarborough and North Village branch libraries are valuable resources for our neighborhood, funded by everyone’s tax dollars. In addition to lending books, movies, and CDs, these branches offer a variety of services to our community—ranging from story times for kids to free wireless internet access to an air-conditioned place to lounge on a hot summer day.

The Yarborough library branch (2200 Hancock Dr., 454-7208) has a few developments of particular note:
•    A winter holiday party on Saturday, December 13, will include music, food, and crafts for kids.
•    The branch encourages artistic expression by exhibiting local artists’ work. Anyone who paints, draws, does photography, or creates other types of art is welcome to contact the branch’s managing librarian, Bonita Snyder-Jones.
•    Many community groups use the branch’s meeting rooms for a variety of purposes. If a group plans to use the meeting facilities, it should be aware that the branch’s scheduling process has changed. As a result, applications for 2009 meeting space should be filled out this November.