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Plano Vet Warns of Deadly Disease After Two Dogs Die
Posted on Oct 19, 2016 Comments (0)
A Collin County veterinarian is warning pet owners about a fairly rare disease called Leptospirosis. It spreads through rats and can be deadly for cats or dogs if it isn't caught early enough. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016)
A Collin County veterinarian is warning pet owners about a rare disease after he confirmed two cases that left two dogs dead.
Dr. Shawn Messonier, of Paws and Claws Animal Clinic in Plano, said the dogs had contracted leptospirosis, which is a bacterial disease that can affect both animals and humans.
"We actually did autopsies on them and they had leptospirosis bacteria all throughout their liver and kidneys," Messonier said. "The bad news is because the owner waited too long to bring them in, the infection was already too severe and we weren't able to save them."
Messonier said he is currently awaiting test results on two other dogs that could possibly have the disease. 
One of those dogs is "Puggles," a 10-year-old pug owned by Willie Meyers. Meyers said the dog came to her with a dead rat in her mouth. 
"I'm a nervous wreck. She's my baby," Meyers said. "I'm hoping it's OK. If it isn't OK, it's early enough that hopefully she can be successfully treated."
Messonier advises pet owners to have a blood test done if they believe their animal is at risk.
Symptoms can include lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea.
But the tell-tale sign is if your pet has been around rats or rodent droppings, which is how leptospirosis is spread.
"Don't wait for your pet to get sick," Messonier said. "If there's any issue whatsoever – if you've seen one rat in the yard – it's very inexpensive to have your dog tested. And if the test is positive, you can treat them before they need to be hospitalized."
The cases Messonier has seen may have to do with an uptick in rat activity in certain areas and could be related to their breeding cycles or increased construction.
"It forces them to go out of their natural environment to go find food and water," said Jeff Overstreet, owner of Bug Zone Pest Control in Plano.
Overstreet said they have seen a 20-percent spike in rat-related calls in the last several weeks.
Collin County Animal Services and Plano Animal Services Department have not had any cases of leptospirosis reported. Collin County's Health Department has not had any reported human cases either.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, currently available vaccines effectively prevent leptospirosis and protect dogs for at least 12 months. However, Messonier warned about possible adverse side effects for pets. 
New Trail to Link Hydrous, Heritage Village
Posted on Oct 18, 2016 Comments (0)
Allen’s thriving trail system is about to get even bigger.
Council members have approved a $59,000 contract to design the Cottonwood/Heritage Village Hike and Bike Trail Connection. The trail will link Hydrous Wakeboard Park, Allen Senior Recreation Center and the Allen Heritage Village.
The 12’-wide trail will include a pedestrian bridge spanning a wooded area between Allen Senior Recreation Center (ASRC) and Hydrous. The concept plan also calls for additional amenities such as raised vegetable gardens, arbors, benches and sidewalk connections that will provide several looped walking paths around ASRC.
Construction will be funded by the Allen Community Development Corporation (CDC) and a matching grant of $357,500 from the Collin County Parks and Open Space Project Funding Assistance Program. The CDC will also cover the cost of the design contract through dedicated trail construction funds.
More information can be located at http://www.cityofallen.org/1180/Trails.
A map of existing and future hike and bike trails are located at:
Bond Program Kicks off in Allen
Posted on Oct 6, 2016 Comments (0)
The City of Allen has finalized the financing for several big-ticket projects approved by voters in May.
The $93 million bond program will fund a library expansion, new fire station, new recreation center, police firearms training facility, new parks, street improvements and more over the next seven years.
Allen is using reserve funds to kick-start $2.3 million in projects, including a library parking expansion, Central Fire Station improvements and arterial roadways. The City will replenish its reserve once bonds are issued, effectively paying itself back. This process allows the City to launch projects earlier, without accruing additional interest.
Another $7.1 million in bond funds will be issued in 2017. This funding will cover the cost of a firearms training center, along with multiple streets and drainage projects.
Through the refunding process, the City of Allen and the Allen Community Development Corporation were able to generate savings of approximately $6.9 million.
Learn more about the bond program at the following website:
Allen Partners with DART on Transportation Assistance
Posted on Sep 30, 2016 Comments (0)
The City of Allen is removing transportation barriers and providing enhanced mobility solutions for qualifying residents. Collin County Rides is an innovative taxi subsidized service offered by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). It is available to those 65 years of age or older and/or people living with a disability.
The service will allow these residents the opportunity to travel anywhere in Collin County and for any trip purpose.
Residents need to register in order to participate in Collin County Rides. Registration will be available after Oct. 3 at DART.org/ccr. Residents also can call 214.828.6717 to determine eligibility.
Residents who have participated in the temporary DART Collin County Service will be grandfathered into the new program. Registered participants will receive a taxi debit card from DART. The cards can hold a maximum of $200. Participants can store $5 to $50 on the card, and they will receive a taxi subsidy based on how much they contribute. For example, if the registered participant uploads $50 to the card, their taxi subsidy will be $150, for a taxi debit card value of $200.
Visit DART.org/ccr and http://dart.org/ccr/ for more information.
Last day for voter registration is Oct. 11
Posted on Sep 30, 2016 Comments (0)
Don’t wait!
If you plan to vote in the Nov. 8 election, make sure your voter registration and home address is up-to-date.
Collin County voters can see if they are registered using the Collin County Voter Registration Card search. You can also search for your registration using the Texas State Voter Database.
If your name or address has changed since you last registered to vote, you must update the information before Oct. 11. If you have moved within Collin County, you can update your information online. If you have moved to or from another county, you must fill out a new registration form and postmark it by Oct. 11.
More details on registration and polling locations. Visit the City of Allen website: http://www.cityofallen.org/1686/Voter-Information
Posted on Jan 17, 2011 Comments (0)
If you find that a streetlight in StarCreek doesn't come on when it gets dark, contact the City of Allen at LightOut@cityofallen.org. Describe the problem and the location of the streetlight. Keep in mind that streetlights that stay on during the day should also be reported because of unnecessary energy consumption. In either case, the city will route the request to a contractor who replaces the bulbs or makes a repair. A response takes about one week after notification. You can also call the City of Allen, 214-509-4576.
If streetlight fixture is broken or the spotlights on neighborhood entry signs are out, contact StarCreek property manager Dustin Robinson at drobinson@cmamanagement.com.
Posted on Jul 14, 2009 Comments (1)
Looking for a babysitter, need to have some alterations done, wanna buy a used car? Do you have a sofa for sale or a child who wants to advertise his summer pet sitting business? Look no further than StarCreek's own Classified Ads. This is a free service available only to registered StarCreek residents. Unlike the message board, you can add photos. Check it out!

Upcoming Events
Fall Festival 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016, 3:00 - 5:00 at Pool Pavilion
The fall festival is this Sunday and we need your help to keep it running smoothly.  There are still many shifts that can be filled by both adults and teens.  Please take a moment to follow this link and sign up for a shift. This is a great opportunity for teens to get service hours.  It's easy, the half hour goes quickly, and it's a great way to meet neighbors and support this fantastic community. 
Thank you to our awesome neighbors who have already signed up for shifts!  Your willingness to step up and help out is greatly appreciated.
Remember that we will have a drawing for four $25 gift cards for our volunteers, with one entry for each half hour shift.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Theresa Ginsburg. Contact info available in the Resident Directory.  Thank you!
3rd Annual Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 24, 2016, 9:00 A.M. at Meet at Clubhouse
Come join us on Thanksgiving Day for Star Creek's own Turkey Trot!  We had a great turnout last year.  We hope to have even more people come out this year! Contact Katie Weibust (contact information available in the Resident Directory) for more information.
Children's Holiday Party
Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 A.M. - Noon at Clubhouse
Again this year, the children of StarCreek will enjoy Breakfast with Santa! Snacks, drinks, crafts and games are planned. Contact Katie Weibust for more information or to assist with the event. Contact Information available in the Resident Directory.

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