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Local dad launches Global Innovation Village, Offers youth entrepreneurship programs, Fulfills pledge after wife’s death

By KIM ESTES, Four Points News

A local father-of-three, businessman and a lecturer at the University of Texas has launched a youth entrepreneurship program and camp to fulfill a pledge to himself after his wife passed after battling cancer.

Alex Gabbi, a Glenlake resident, said, “When my wife passed away of cancer two years ago, I resolved to change careers and focus on activities that could have a high impact on the community.”

Gabbi co-founded Global Innovation Village to, in part, increase entrepreneurship within local communities. He established GIV with Sreenivasa Gorti in April 2014.  Gabbi is focused primarily on the Youth Entrepreneurship Program academy and GIV Launch program, while Gorti is focused mostly on GIV’s consulting business.

Alex Gabbi loves this family photo taken several years ago before his wife, Heather, died from ovarian cancer. Alex co-launched Global Innovation Village last year to shift careers and be more available for the Gabbi children who are now Nico, 14, Maya, 11, and Luca, 5.

Alex Gabbi loves this family photo taken several years ago before his wife, Heather, died from ovarian cancer. Alex co-launched Global Innovation Village last year to shift careers and be more available for the Gabbi children who are now Nico, 14, Maya, 11, and Luca, 5.

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Steiner dog killed by coyote, Another dog stalked in the trails last week  

By SARAH DOOLITTLE, Four Points News

Louie, a 25 pound, nearly six-year-old dog, was fatally injured by a coyote in Steiner Ranch on the trails near River Heights Overlook on June 22.

A member of the Friedman family, Louie was running with owner Hampton Friedman that day as they had over 400 times previously in the four years the family has lived in Steiner Ranch.

Friedman explained that he did not worry that Louie was not on a leash, because, “Louie can walk across Quinlan Park,” the large road that runs the length of Steiner Ranch. “Louie knows Walk and Don’t Walk signals. Louie has gone thousands and thousands of miles,” on trails in Texas and throughout the country. He was also snake trained.

“Louie’s never been on a leash. Ever… He was like the neighborhood dog and everybody knew him and would come by and see him,” said Friedman.

9-year-old Jake Friedman with the family dog, Louie. Jake was planning a surprise 6th birthday party for Louie at the time the dog was fatally injured by a coyote in broad daylight on the trails in Steiner Ranch.

9-year-old Jake Friedman with the family dog, Louie. Jake was planning a surprise 6th birthday party for Louie at the time the dog was fatally injured by a coyote in broad daylight on the trails in Steiner Ranch.

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Coyote behavior unusual of two Steiner dog incidents, says Texas Parks & Wildlife

Kelly Simon  Texas Parks & Wildlife

Kelly Simon
Texas Parks & Wildlife

By SARAH DOOLITTLE, Four Points News

One dog was fatally bitten by a coyote last week and a day later, another dog came within two feet of a charging coyote both in the trails in Steiner Ranch.

Kelly Simon, Urban Wildlife Biologist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, explained that in cases like this, the department may choose to kill a coyote.

“They evaluate risk. If the risk is high enough, they will determine what action needs to be taken. One option may be lethal control,” Simon said.

In her opinion, however, “That’s not the direction I would recommend.” Continue reading

Investigation continues on four auto thefts in Steiner, Sheriff’s Office says it’s juveniles

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By LYNETTE HAALAND, Four Points News

Four vehicles were reported stolen last Wednesday in Steiner Ranch and since then, all four have been recovered.

“Three vehicles were recovered in southeast Austin and one in the neighborhood,” said Roger Wade, Travis County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.

The crimes began on the morning of June 24. At 7:24 a.m., the first vehicle was reported taken from the 12000 block of Montclair Bend, the second was reported at 7:54 a.m. from the 12300 block of Montclair Bend, the third was reported at 9:33 a.m. from the 12600 block of Rush Creek Lane and the fourth was reported at 9:49 a.m. from the 1000 block of Cavalry Ride Trail.

“The detective is following up on leads on the suspects. The detective said the suspects are juveniles,” Wade said. “We are hoping to make some arrests on the suspects soon.” Continue reading