Solar-powered mobile business now offers lawn care services in Northwest Austin

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Resident Jim Darling opened Clean Air Lawn Care in July. The remote business provides full-service, sustainable lawn-care with organic treatments and fertilizers. Darling also uses a solar panel atop his truck to power all equipment. 512-763-7998. www.cleanairlawncareaustin.com/lawn-care-services-austin


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Austin Public Health ramps up COVID-19 booster shot offerings, prepares for pediatric vaccines

High-risk individuals who received Pfizer are Moderna doses six months ago or more are now eligible for boosters—as are most recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The first-ever Williamson County Fair and Rodeo opens its gates to guests Oct. 21 with live music, carnival rides, food vendors, rodeo events and more. (Courtesy Pexels)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Inaugural Williamson County Fair and Rodeo underway; delivery drones coming to Friso and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 22.

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British fragrance house Jo Malone London to open and 5 other stores coming soon to The Domain, Domain Northside

Check out these new stores, including international fashion giant Gucci, coming soon to North Austin.

Homeless Strategy Officer Dianna Grey briefed City Council on Austin's spending of more than $100 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding on homelessness Oct. 21. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Officials share outlook of 3-year plan to house 3,000 homeless people in Austin

Although the path to build more than 1,000 new spaces for those without shelter will take time, officials believe the goals are achievable.

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Austin police cadet academy review notes positive strides but says instructors lack buy-in to 'reimagined' concept

Reforms at the Austin Police Department academy are mixed so far, while the department and outside evaluators agree on several potential improvements going forward.

A $6.7 million budget amendment was approved by consent at the Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees meeting Oct. 21. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees approve $6.7 million in budget amendments

A $6.7 million budget amendment was approved by consent at the Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees meeting Oct. 21. The budget amendment was requested to cover planned expenses for Career and Technical Education projects, instructional professional development, equipment, substitute teachers and the increase of insurance premium costs.

Some of these projects have been previously accounted for under the 2018 bond plan, while others were recommended by district staff. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Round Rock ISD board approves campus infrastructural improvement contracts

At the Oct. 21 meeting of the Round Rock ISD board of trustees, several projects to renovate or improve infrastructure of campus facilities were approved.

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Homes prices across Northwest Austin fall for third straight month

The median home price in Northwest Austin dropped to its lowest figure since March 2021.

Cumby Group is planning development for three adjacent multifamily projects on Manor Road in East Austin, including The Emma apartments. (Courtesy Cumby Group)
3 years in, Austin is falling behind on goals in affordable housing plan

From 2018-20, the city only reached 12% of its 10-year goal to build thousands of new homes and rental units.

Taco Palenque is now open as drive-thru only in Round Rock. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Taco Palenque opens in Round Rock; Plano ISD considering two draft calendars for 2022-23 school year and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 21.

The Austin Transit Partnership is exploring above- and below-ground options for a transit center at the East Riverside Drive and South Pleasant Valley intersection. (Courtesy Austin Transit Partnership)
Project Connect plans to explore above-, below-ground options for East Riverside/Pleasant Valley Transit Center

After hosting a community design workshop, the group overseeing Project Connect designs is moving forward with options for both an underground and above-ground station at the intersection.

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Local coffee chain Medici Roasting opens cafe in The Domain

Medici Roasting is now open in The Domain inside the Flatiron Domain building.