The Barton Hills Neighborhood Association Neighborhood Watch program was featured in a front page story in the Austin American-Statesman today, complete with a color photo of Neighborhood Watch chairman John Luther and several volunteers. The story recognizes the efforts of the Neighborhood Watch program in our community and points out the significant reduction in several categories of crime since its inception.

You can check out the story at the Statesman site online or view this PDF version if the online version has been archived.

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Barton Hills Historical Documents

Inside Austin’s 325 – Fear, loyalty, and the winds of change in a bellweather precinctSunday magazine, supplement to the Dallas Times Herald, April 28, 1974 (7 pages)

Barton Hills – On the Skyline of Austin – Advertisement dated May 27, 1956 (3 pages)

Barton HIlls – White Has Top Post For Area – Newspaper article from October 2, 1955 reporting management of Barton Hills development being assumed by Mr. Shirley C. White

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Subscribing to the Neighborhood EMail List

Hi Neighbors,

We’ve had some questions about getting onto the neighborhood listserve. It is a two-step process.

1.  You must become a member of the association and pay your $10 dues. You can do this in two ways.

  • a. Join online at You can use the paypal link on the right-hand side. If you don’t have a paypal account, it’s pretty easy to set one up.
  • b. Join by mail at Print out the form and send it to the address on the form. There is a place to check whether or not you want to join the listserve on this form. If you check the box, you will be added automatically.

2. Once you are a member (remember this listserve is a privilege of membership.) Visit and click on the link that says to send a message to our membership coordinator/Vice President Penley McQueen. He will approve listserve ownership after verifying that you are a member.

You can also renew at the next neighborhood meeting, which is on January 26th at 7 p.m. or by cutting out the form that is in every newsletter and distributed to 1200 households in our neighborhood every quarter and mailing it to the address on the form.

If you have applied and would like to join but still haven’t heard anything, you can let Penley McQueen know. But please be patient. We are a completely volunteer-run organization.

Speaking of which, MEMBERSHIPS ARE DUE. They renew annually in January. Although the crime is terrible, it is nice to see a little uptick in membership because of it.  One of the association’s big goals this year is to increase membership in the association and the number of people on the listserve.


Wendy Papasan
President, Barton Hills Neighborhood Assn.
(512) 297-9431

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