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Austin Ridge homes may go up on stilts

The earth continues to shift and slide behind two Austin Ridge homes. It’s been more than two months now since the series of natural disasters forced two families out, and while work did start, it already came to a halt because of other problems along the way. Dan O’Leary says that the houses may be put up on stilts soon to aid in the work. That’ll be quite a sight, I’m sure.

Several groups in Stafford have also been helping raise money to go toward repairing the slope, so that the two families can move back into their homes that were condemned in early September.

County officials dine at Ruby Tuesday's with the O'Leary's.

Last week, Ruby Tuesdays at Doc Stone Commons in North Stafford held a 3-day fundraiser where 20 percent of a customer’s check was donated to the landslide relief fund, set up by Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Customers had to bring in a flier from Several county officials also dined with the families last week.

And a manager at the restaurant says that this was one of their largest fundraisers to date in the state.

Other fundraisers that are coming up for the relief fund:

  • A silent auction at Before ‘N’ After Cafe, at 135 Walpole Street. It will be held Nov. 8-14.
  • Spaghetti dinner hosted by the Austin Ridge HOA, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, at Anthony Burns Elementary School. Tickets are $10 per person and must be purchased in advance.