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Galveston County
University Area Association
News Release
Friday, February 17, 2012

Daily News Publisher to Speak at UAA Meeting

GALVESTON – Patrick Graham, Publisher and President, The Galveston County Daily News will be the guest speaker at the University Area Association’s monthly meeting, Monday, February 20, 6 pm, William Temple Episcopal Center, 427 Market.

The University Area Association (UAA) strives to maintain and improve the quality of life in the University area as well as promote and foster stable economic growth and provide an open forum for the community.  A voluntary nonprofit association of concerned residents, landowners, corporations, foundations, medical institutions, businesses, students and individuals, UAA members share a common interest in maintaining the quality and integrity of life in the University area as a viable and integral part of the City of Galveston.

The university area is defined as that area located immediate to and surrounding the University of Texas Medical Branch. UAA’s interests are concentrated within the geographic area encompassed by 14th Street on the west, the tip of the island on the east (Boddeker Drive), Broadway on the south and the harbor on the north. Annual membership dues are $15 student/senior, $20 individual, $25 family, $100 apartment complex and business institutions. Informative one hour monthly meetings, monthly newsletter and website are benefits of membership. You may join at the meeting.    

Matt Havard, President of UAA, urges residents to join and invites them to attend a meeting to see first hand the benefits. “Membership allows the opportunity to voice concerns of community issues, including crime, parking, property and housing code violations, storm drainage, park maintenance, and street lighting. The joint cooperative efforts of our members help resolve problems that sometimes seem impossible to do on your own”.

Other benefits of neighborhood organizations are keeping residents informed of community issues and business activities that may affect the area and promoting active neighborhood participation. An example of the projects UAA has recently been involved include enhancing public space by planting trees and establishing a dog park at Lindale Park and street light replacement. They are currently working in conjunction with the Galveston Police Department to deter crime in a campaign asking residents to keep porch lights on at night. 

Patrick Graham will talk about buying on the Island, his impressions of Galveston and the redesign of The Galveston County Daily News. The meeting is free and the public is invited to attend.

For more information call (409) 762-8641.

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