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Area crisis calls on the rise as pandemic progresses Therapists say isolation, fear driving depression and addictive behaviors

Care in crisis COVID-19 is impacting requests for help at Integral Care and Bluebonnet Trails Community Services, two local mental health agencies. The following graphs compare data from March-June of 2019 and 2020 .

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Michael Bonner, therapist and owner of Riverstone Counseling in Round Rock, said during the initial onset of COVID-19, his practice received fewer calls. However, in early to mid-May, his client load began picking up, and by June, he was seeing more clients than usual. Many are presenting with anxiety, depression and substance abuse, he said. “When isolation becomes a factor, we begin to see more addictive behaviors,” Bonner said. As weeks of adjusting to life during a pandemic stretch into months, stressors are compounding for many. Thousands in RoundRock,PugervilleandHuttohaveledforunemployment since March. Schools shuttered after spring break, necessitating a parental juggling act of overseeing education at home. Local mental health professionals say these issues and more are impacting the number of requests for help and the severity of those calls. “We suspect that some people are delaying help because CONTINUED ON 24

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have to spend time with his 2-year-old son. “They might not see my son for months or years,” Boman said. “[They] might die before things are safe again. And that was really rough for me as a parent to deal with.” Boman’s wife is a nurse practitioner; he has been

On a Sunday afternoon in late July, Pugerville ISD teacher Brian Boman and his son took a day trip to Oak Hill to visit Boman’s grandparents. As the fall semester looms, Boman is bracing himself for the possibility that this could be the last opportunity his 90-year-old grandparents

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1 Chick-fil-A opened a new location at 2350 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, July 1. The fast-food chain serves chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, waffle fries and breakfast items. At this time, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the dine-in portion of the restaurant is closed to the public. Customers can select a carryout, curbside pickup or drive-thru option. 512-660-1018. www.chick-fil-a.com 2 The Oaks at Forest Creek opened March 3 at 95 Twin Ridge Parkway, Round Rock, before transitioning to takeout services in late March during the coronavirus pandemic. Patio dine- in services reopened May 1, and the restaurant now offers limited indoor and patio seating in accordance with social distancing provisions. The menu features burgers, wraps, hot subs, salads and appetizers. 512-519-9192. www.the-oaks. 2000 N. Mays St., Ste. 200, Round Rock, May 12. The studio offers haircuts, color and extensions. Other services include deep conditioning, smoothing treatments, facial waxing and airbrush tanning. calliope-communications.com 3 Fox Hair Studio opened at 512-919-4224. www.fox-hairstudio.com 4 Palm Liquors opened July 1. Located at 4500 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, the store sells a variety of beers,

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EXPANSIONS 8 Round Rock-based manufacturer Ayro more than doubled its facility space during a relocation and expansion, according to a July 2 Round Rock Chamber news release. The company specializes in advanced electric vehicle manufacturing. Ayro previously subleased a 10,000-square- foot facility at Chandler Creek Business Park before relocating earlier this year to Settlers Crossing Business Park at 900 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Ste. 100, Round Rock. The business’s new facility is approximately 24,000 square feet, according to the release. Ayro is expected to bring additional jobs to Round Rock in the next five years. 512-994-4917. www.ayro.com ANNIVERSARIES 9 620 Studio , a website and graphic design company, celebrated its 15th anniversary in July. Located at 306 W. Main St., Round Rock, the studio specializes in print and graphic design, logo design, branding and digital marketing, and it works alongside small- to medium-size businesses. 512-368-3298. www.620studio.com CLOSINGS 10 Urban Picnic closed July 31. Located at 3810 Gattis School Road, Ste. 106,

Pflugerville . The upcoming senior living facility will be located at 19100 Pleasant Bay Drive, Pflugerville, and a fall 2020 opening is anticipated. The center will include 28 assisted-living and 20 memory care facilities alongside 38 independent- living homes. 737-224-1057. https://silverpointsl.com REOPENING 14 Firefly Community School reopened May 25 at 15504 Spring Hill Lane, Pflugerville. The school is currently enrolling at a limited capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic and has implemented social distancing measures and safety procedures. 512-538-5254. www.fireflycommunityschool.com CLOSINGS 15 Following months of speculation, 24 Hour Fitness formally announced the permanent closure of the Pflugerville gym in a July 16 email to members. Pflugerville gym members can elect to transfer their memberships to a different area club by contacting 24 Hour Fitness, per the email. At this time, three clubs have reopened in Austin. Should a member take no action, their membership will be canceled, according to information provided by the company. The gym was located in Stone Hill Town Center at 1401 Town Center Drive, Pflugerville. www.24hourfitness.com

wines, liquors and spirits. 512-619-4676. www.facebook.com/palmvalleyplaza 5 Smilewell Dental opened in Round Rock in mid-July, staff confirmed in a July 16 email. Located at 3001 Joe Dimaggio Blvd., Ste. 1500, Round Rock, the dentistry offers fillings, cleanings, root canals, and both cosmetic and functional procedures, such as teeth whitening and dentures. New patients and walk-in appointments are currently accepted. 512-677-7411. www.smilewelldentaltx.com COMING SOON 6 ATX Hyperbarics is set to open a Round Rock location in August. Located at 1545 Round Rock Ave., Ste. 101, the business specializes in hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The treatment aims to enhance sleep quality, immunity and healing, per its company website. 512-488-1088. https://atxhyperbarics.com RELOCATIONS 7 Greater Austin Allergy, Asthma & Immunology relocated its Round Rock location in late March to 303 E. Main St., Round Rock. The business specializes in treatment for nasal and sinus, lung, skin and food allergy-related conditions. 512-732-2774. www.austinallergist.com

Round Rock, the restaurant first opened in October 2010. Owners Liz Huffstutler and Shelley Matcha cited coronavirus- related revenue losses as cause for the permanent closure. www.theurbanpicnic.com PFLUGERVILLE NOWOPEN 11 Fresh Donuts opened at 18900 N. Heatherwilde Blvd., Pflugerville, July 15. The business sells doughnuts, kolaches, biscuits, croissants and coffee. 512-670-9133. www.facebook.com/ fresh-donuts-110407530737006 COMING SOON 12 Rec’s Hushpuppie Heaven will open a storefront at 200 E. Pecan St., Ste. 1, Pflugerville, this fall. Chef and owner Kenneth Rector Jr. opened Rec’s Catering in 2005 and expanded his business through Rec’s Hushpuppie Heaven in 2013. Offering catered meals and gourmet hushpuppies with fillings such as brisket or macaroni and cheese, the storefront will be Rector’s first permanent location. 512-554-7888. www.recscatering.com 13 SilverPoint Senior Living took over management of Heritage Lakes of

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approximately 28-30 months to complete, TxDOT Regional Engineer Bobby Ramthun said in March. Major enhancements to the roadway include two new overpasses near I-35 that will carry trac over the railroad tracks as well as Lake Creek Drive; a roundabout constructed beneath the bridge to help mitigate congestion near the railroad tracks; and the widening of RM 620 from ve to six lanes in certain sections of the project scope. Some portions of the road will maintain a four-lane structure, according to project plans. Status: construction underway Timeline: March 2020-late 2022 Cost: $27.4 million Funding sources: city of Round Rock, TxDOT, Williamson County

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COLDHARD FACTS A new cold storage and manufacturing facility will soon break ground in southwest Round Rock.

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ROUND ROCK City Council on July 23 approved an economic agreement with Investex II LLC to construct a cold storage and manufacturing facility in southwest Round Rock. The facility will be operated by Triple Temp Cold Storage LLC. Investex committed $14 million for the purchase of the property and construction of the building, said Nichole Vance, director of business attraction for the Round Rock Chamber. In addition, the company will create 60 new jobs over the next ve years, per the agreement. In return, Investex will receive $375,000 in economic incentive BY TAYLOR JACKSON BUCHANAN

PFLUGERVILLE A free COVID-19 testing site with the capacity of testing 300 people per day opened July 20. Austin Public Health is operating the site at The Peld on Pecan Street in Pugerville. Tests are available Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon. As of July 29, the latest available Travis County data, there are 1,436 conrmed cases of COVID-19 in the 78660 ZIP code, which covers Pugerville and part of North Austin. Residents are required to wear masks in public spaces and encouraged to frequently wash their hands and adhere to social distancing measures.

payments, Vance said. Positions are expected to include maintenance engineers, food science engineers and management roles, with an average salary of $60,000 a year. Investex CEOMichael Renna described his vision for the facility to also serve as an incubator for entrepreneurs to create new food products and take them to market. “We are thrilled to announce that the CPG cold storage and incubator concept will be rst to market in the Austin-Round Rock area,” Renna said. The facility is expected to be complete by Aug. 1, 2021, on a 10-acre site near Bratton Lane in Round Rock.

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Pugerville rms up $191million bond package for November

Tesla announces gigafactory coming to Travis County

Should all three propositions be approved in November, the total bond would amount to roughly $191.3 million. City Finance Director Amy Good provided estimates on how much this would cost an average homeowner each month. A $200 million bond package would result in an additional $12.96 a month for the average homeowner, based on current estimates. “This is probably the only time that we’ll actually have the chance to at least keep up with our growth as we’re going forward,” Council Member Mike Heath said.

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at Lake Pugerville and 1849 Park, and a destination play space. A proposed recreation center is listed at approximately $47.3 million. Council directed sta to separate parks projects from the proposed recreation center when drafting ballot language, meaning residents will be able to vote separately on the roads, parks and recreation center projects.

BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE

PFLUGERVILLE City Council has taken the next step in solidifying a proposed bond package for its November election, with council voting July 28 in favor of three propositions: a roadway projects package, a parks and recreation projects package, and a senior and recreation center package. Council is expected to vote Aug. 11 on whether to include the propositions on the November ballot. The deadline for inclusion is Aug. 17. On July 14, council initially approved a $101.7 million roadway projects list, featuring city intersection improvements, neighborhood streets reconstruction, and Immanuel Road and FM 685 corridor improvements, among others. Parks and recreation projects could total $42.3 million, including city trail improvements, enhancements

TRAVIS COUNTY Electric automaker Tesla will ocially build its next manufacturing plant in Travis County in an area just east of the city of Austin, bringing with it at least 5,000 new jobs. Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the decision to develop its next “gigafactory” in Travis County in a July 22 earnings call. Tesla anticipates construction to begin in the third quarter of 2020 with initial operations at the Travis County gigafactory beginning as soon as the fourth quarter of 2021. Tesla has begun soliciting local contractors. Contractors have to apply through Tesla's prequalication system before they can ocially be considered for assignments.

BOND BREAKDOWN Pugerville City Council is expected to vote Aug. 11 on whether to include the propositions on the November ballot. The deadline for inclusion is Aug. 17.

Recreation center: 24.73%

Roadway projects: 53.16%

$191.3 M Total

Parks projects: 22.11%

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QUOTEOFNOTE “PFLUGERVILLE IS A BUSTLINGAREA, AND THE ADDITIONOF THIS FULFILLMENT CENTERWITHOVER 1,000 JOBS SHOWS THAT PFLUGERVILLE IS THE NEWFRONTIER IN CENTRAL TEXAS.” VICTOR GONZALES, PFLUGERVILLE MAYOR CITY HIGHLIGHTS HUTTO City Hall is operating with reduced sta until Aug. 28. Residents are encouraged to conduct business by email or phone at 512-759-4033.

Amazon Fulllment Center will bring 1,000 jobs toPugerville

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of Texas for so warmly embracing Amazon into the community,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulllment, in a press release. “There are now over 20,000 Texan Amazonians working for us in the state—and we’re excited to be creating an additional 1,000 full-time jobs in Pugerville with Amazon’s industry leading benets, and minimum starting wage from $15 an hour.” Employees working at the fulllment center will be responsible for packing and shipping smaller items, such as books, electronics and toys, to customers, according to the news release. “Pugerville is a bustling area, and the addition of this fulllment center with over 1,000 jobs shows that Pugerville is the new frontier in Central Texas,” Mayor Victor Gonzales said in the release.

PFLUGERVILLE An Amazon Fulllment Center currently under construction is expected to open in 2021, bringing 1,000 new full-time jobs to the city. A July 15 company announcement followed one day after Pugerville City Council approved an economic development agreement between Amazon and the Pugerville Community Development Corp. to the tune of $3.8 million. The agreement was approved on consent, meaning no public discussion was held by council prior to the vote. According to city documents, the economic incentive agreement applies to “o-site road infrastructure improvements, and for the purpose of creating capital investment and primary jobs.” “We’re appreciative of the people

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A noncomprehensive guide to local coee shops

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Malone Specialty Coee

All coee is roasted in-house. “Our motto is ‘Coee so good, you should be able to drink it black,’” owner Paul Malone said.

WHAT TO TRY: Malone recommends the Austin Dream, a mocha latte made with dark chocolate and vanilla bean, along with the Southside Caramel latte, made with caramel, espresso and cinnamon. RECENT UPDATES: The Pugerville food trailer remains open throughout the pandemic. The brick-and-mortar cafe is open at 50% capacity and has recently added outdoor seating. Takeout and delivery services are available to customers as well, Malone said. 1434 Wells Branch Parkway, Pugerville 5128103598 http://malonecoee.com Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Mi Mundo Coeehouse & Roastery Mi Mundo is a locally owned organic coee shop. Owner Sabin Shrestha said the goal is to give back 25% of its prots to charities and become zero waste in the future, meaning items used are recyclable, and no trash is sent to landlls from the shop. Mi Mundo sources all of its fair trade organic coee beans from Central America and South America and won Austin Coee Festival’s Best Coee Roaster award in 2019. WHAT TO TRY: Mi Mundo’s specialty lattes are made from Honduran beans, with Shrestha recommending the Double Chocolate Nutella, Lavender Honey and Red Hot Chili Pepper lattes. From its traditional coee menu, Shrestha suggested Mi Mundo’s cortados, cappuccinos and espresso. RECENT UPDATES: The shop is operating with curbside ordering and pickup services, Shrestha said. 106 S. Mays St., Ste. 100, Round Rock 5126190880 www.mimundocoee.com Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m., All menu items at Star Coee Texas are made- to-order to allow for increased customization. In addition to serving fair trade organic coee, the shop also oers pastries; Amy’s Ice Creams products; and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner options. WHAT TO TRY: Customer favorites include the shop’s avored lattes, the mocha and breakfast tacos. RECENT UPDATES: Star Coee is open for Sat.-Sun. 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Star Coee Texas

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Whether you take your coee black, with a generous splash of cream and sugar, or somewhere in between, these nine area cafes craft an array of drinks for all caeine lovers. Each coee shop in this guide is locally owned or part of a chain that started in Central Texas. This list is not comprehensive. COMPILED BY TAYLOR JACKSON BUCHANAN & KELSEY THOMPSON

dine-in services at 50% capacity as well as oers takeout and delivery services through

GrubHub, UberEats and DoorDash. 201 E. Main St., Ste. 101, Round Rock 5128400095 www.starcoeetx.com Hours: Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Summer Moon Coee

Baked ‘n Sconed Customers can order more than 100 dierent drinks at Baked ‘n Sconed based on various milk, syrup and avor combinations, General Manager Lacey Grith said. A popular food item, and bakery namesake, is the scone. The Craisin Confused scone, or OG Cran, as sta calls it, is the cafe’s original avor. WHAT TO TRY: Grith recommends the Hippo Latte, served hot or iced, and made with caramel and vanilla syrup. RECENT UPDATES: Due to the coronavirus, Baked ‘n Sconed is operating as a drive-thru in place of in-person dining. Baked ‘n Sconed is also oering delivery services through Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.-2 p.m, closed Sun. Dazzle Coee & Smoothies While some coee shops use two shots of espresso in their large drinks, every large Dazzle Coee beverage is brimming with three shots. WHAT TO TRY: For caeine acionados, the Six Shooter is made with four pumps of Ghirardelli chocolate or caramel sauce along with six shots of espresso. New to coee? Try the Frezian, an original recipe frappe available as a coee avor, chocolate or caramel. RECENT UPDATES: Dazzle Coee has limited its store hours at this time. The shop has also temporarily limited payments to card only, with cash only accepted when tipping baristas. 100 N. Second St., Pugerville 5126701100 2651 Gattis School Road, Round Rock 5123410110 www.dazzlecoee.com Hours: Mon.-Fri. 5:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. (both locations) GrubHub, UberEats and DoorDash. 143 Exchange Blvd., Ste. 100, Hutto 5122225200 www.bakednsconed.com

East Social House East Social House serves organic fair trade coee that is locally roasted, owner Lisa Woods said. The name of the coee shop is a nod toward its location on East Street in downtown Hutto paired with its desire to be a staple in its patrons’ lives. WHAT TO TRY: Newmenu additions include the Morning Glory Cookie—a breakfast treat made with oats, carrots, coconut and walnuts—as well as Sweet Berry Cream Tea. RECENT UPDATES: East Social House is operating with reduced hours at this time. Dine-in service is restricted to 50% capacity. Patio tables have been set up outside, and takeout options remain available to customers. 109 East St., Hutto 5128464062 www.eastsocialhouse.com Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Lamppost Coee Lamppost Coee’s name pays homage to owner Brian Burns’ favorite author, C.S. Lewis. In “The Chronicles of Narnia,” the lamppost serves as a marker that helps guide the main characters home. Burns said his hope for his customers is that coming to Lamppost Coee is like returning home. WHAT TO TRY: Burns recommends Lamppost Coee’s Lamba Latte, made with an in-house secret syrup. He also recommends the an 8-ounce cappuccino or a cold brew for customers who prefer a less sweet cup of coee. RECENT UPDATES: Lamppost Coee is operating with reduced hours at this time. Dine-in service is restricted to 50% capacity. Delivery services are available through GrubHub, UberEats and DoorDash, and takeout options remain available to customers. 1205 Round Rock Ave., Ste. 129, Round Rock 5122174962 www.lamppost.coee Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Moon Milk is Summer Moon Coee’s staple sweet cream, a seven-ingredient family recipe that can be added to coee drinks and lattes. Moon Milk can be made dairy-free using oat, soy, almond or coconut milk as a replacement. WHAT TO TRY: Popular drinks include Summer Moon’s espresso milkshake, made with Moon Milk, espresso and chocolate; black nitro cold brew; wood-red drip coee; and the Summer Moon latte, made with espresso and Moon Milk. RECENT UPDATES: Dine-in options are currently closed. Takeout options and third party delivery services are available. 200 University Blvd., Ste. 110, Round Rock 5128434269 West Pecan Coee + Beer All drink syrups are made in-house, and West Pecan serves locally roasted coee and area craft beers. WHAT TO TRY: The Everything Nice Latte is a staple made with two shots of espresso and housemade cinnamon brown sugar and vanilla syrups. For adventurous coee lovers, owner Mary Foss recommends the Pecan Sunrise Latte, which includes two shots of espresso, oat milk andWest Pecan’s homemade pecan sunrise syrup. The syrup is made with orange zest, reduced bourbon and pecans. www.summermooncoee.com Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. RECENT UPDATES: West Pecan’s full drink menu is available, and the cafe is now operating at 50% capacity with an additional covered patio area outside to add to its outdoor seating. 100 W. Pecan St., Pugerville 5125513471 www.westpecancoee.com Hours: Mon.-Sun. 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

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