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Health group

warns of scam

Austin Public Health was made aware of individuals or groups that are attempting to scam Austin-Travis County residents using the guise of being APH employees.

These individuals or groups are operating trough a “spoofed” phone number using the APH Environmental Health Services main line, 512-978-0300, to attempt to scam individuals.

Austin Public Health employees will never ask for Social Security, Medicaid, insurance, immigration or financial information. There are instances when a member of the department will reach out via phone or email, but staff will properly identify themselves and provide contact information for additional questions.

Those who believe a call they are receiving is a scam call, request the name, title and call back number from the Austin Public Health employee. They can verify the information with the city of Austin by contacting 311 to ask for that person.


Online symposium

on cemetery project

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department will present “All Together Here: A Community Symposium for Discovery and Remembrance,” an online public symposium from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

In 2016, during the rehabilitation of the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, archaeologists monitoring construction discovered human remains beneath the chapel footprint. Following exhumation and analysis of the artifacts and burials that date from the 19th century, a report with findings was released in May 2020.

The symposium will provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about the project and what the field of archaeology can reveal about people who lived more than a century before. The event will also provide an opportunity for the community to provide ideas about how these individuals are honored and memorialized.

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Grant to be used

on playground

The city of Taylor has announced it is closer to the construction of its Percussion Park Creative Playground in Murphy Park due to a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Local Park Grant Program.

The grant was $107,351 and will partially fund the construction of the planned park, which will be created in the shape of a musical treble clef, will be located in Murphy Park between the lake and the swimming pool in an area that is currently a sand volleyball court.

The concept proposal includes an ensemble of functioning musical playground pieces. The playground will also include native landscaping, a shade structure and site furnishings. The total cost of construction is estimated to be $225,000.

American-Statesman staff

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