West Long-Term Recovery Update (5-28-2013)

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 @ 7:30AM

Large scale demolition has begun. The first of approximately fifty homes was torn down on Tuesday. This effort will take several weeks of hard work. If you still need demolition, come by and put your name on the waiting list.

We need your help to identify opportunities for the volunteers for our upcoming 8-day Loving West event beginning June 15th. Several hundred volunteers from around the state are being called to come help West. If you are a resident and need assistance with any of the following: light construction, organizing, general clean-up, yard maintenance, yard clean-up, roofing, painting, etc., come fill out a work order at the LTRC or you can download a form from our website at www.westltr.org. If you want to be a volunteer, go to the website and click the VOLUNTEER button.

A door-to-door campaign will take place this Saturday in the main affected areas. Volunteers will be delivering a packet containing valuable information, including a blank work order form. We know many of you could use a few extra hands and you’re not able to get information from the internet, or you have not been able to come by the LTRC, so be sure to fill out that form and drop it off at either the First Baptist Church or the LTRC office at 218 N. Main St. next to the Czech American Restaurant.

There are many fun activities planned for West in the surrounding communities:

May 31st – 12:30 PM – AAA Auto Auction in Elm Mott Benefit for West. Event includes Silent Auction, Live Auction and Raffles, BBQ Lunch. For more info, go to http://www.allianceautoauction.com/west-benefit-auction.

June 2nd – 2-4 PM. As a special treat, Painting With a Twist Waco is offering a class to the first 60 women registered that live in the West area to take a little time away to de-stress. Register online at www.paintingwithatwist.com, or call them at 254-304-4727 for more information.

June 7th – West Day at Hawaiian Falls. All West children under 12 get in free, adult residents $10 (non-residents $15.99) For more info, stop in, or go to www.hawaiianfallswaco.com

June 16th – 9 AM – HOW THE WEST WAS RUN a 5K Fun Run at the old Hillsboro City Park. $20 sign-up fee. You will get your fun run t-shirt, be entered into drawings to win some great prizes, there will be a bounce house, face painting and many more activities. Call 254-580-8250 for details.

July 6 – West Day and Texas Rangers Baseball Game at the Ballpark in Arlington.

Fast-Approaching DEADLINES:

May 31st – You must file to request a protest of your property taxes. Ideally, you should have some documentation to support your protest request, such as 10 photos, your insurance claim, etc., but if you don’t have any documentation, that’s okay. Your proof can be gathered later. Forms are available at the LTRC.

June 18th – Last day to register for FEMA assistance. Call 1-800-621-3362 or go to the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at 100 N Roberts St. to get more information.

Last week, the West, TX Foundation, Inc., doing business as the West Long-Term Recovery Committee was made official with the approval from the Texas Secretary of State’s office for its filing as a non-profit corporation.

Your Long-Term Recovery Center is located in the old Best Theatre at 218 N Main St. next to the Czech American Restaurant. Our hours of operation have expanded! We’re now open to serve you 8:30 AM to 5 PM Monday – Saturday. Please note, The Disaster Relief Store on Washington, between Oak and Columbus will change their hours of operation beginning Tuesday, May 28th to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-5, and Saturdays from 9- Noon.
For updated information, please go to www.westltr.org and our new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WestLTR.

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