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MANAGEMENT STAFF FirstService Residential 12234 Shadow Creek Parkway, Bldg. 3114 Pearland, Texas 77584 713-332-4675 (Main) FirstService Residential Office Hours: Monday – Thursday (8 AM-6 PM) Friday- (8 AM- 5 PM) Main: 713-332-4675 Fax: 713-332-4695 Kristi Cole Community Manager

Michael Johnson President

WHO TO CALL: Emergency ................................................................... 911 Harris County Precinct 7 ..................... 713-643-6118 Harris County Precinct 7 Dispatch... 713-643-6602

Carrie Williams Director

Houston Police Dept ............................ 713-884-3131 Houston Fire Dept ................................. 713-884-3140 Sheriff’s Dept........................................... 713-221-6000 Poison Control .................................... 1-800-222-1222 Harris County Animal Control ........... 281-999-3191 City Services Information ....................................... 311 General Information ................................................. 411

Bobbie Lopez Onsite Manager

Electricity - Reliant Energy ................. 713-207-7777 Gas - CenterPoint ................................... 713-659-2111 Waste Management ............................. 866-573-8233 (NOT SHOWN) Shamar O’Bryant, Vice President and Brad Sumrall, Director

Paulette King Director

Disclaimer This newsletter and any information contained herein are intended for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal, financial or medical advice. The publisher takes great effort to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this newsletter. However, we will not be responsible at any time for any errors or omissions or any damages, howsoever caused, that result from its use. Seek competent professional advice and/ or legal counsel with respect to any matter discussed or published in this newsletter.


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Inspectors will be out diligently looking at homes to make sure that the community stays in accordance with the governing documents. Here are some the main items that we are looking for:

• Mow, Weed and Edge • Trimming Shrubs • Trimming Trees • Trimming Vines over fence • Mildew on homes (including fences) • Fence Staining (natural wood clear stain) • Damaged Fences (including leaning, broken and/or missing boards) • Trash being placed in public view on wrong pick-up day • Dead Shrubbery • Inoperable Vehicles • RV’s and Boats being stored in driveway or in the street. • Holiday Decorations

Please call the non-emergency line at the Harris County Precinct 7 to report cars parked in the street at 713-643-6602 (Dispatch). Note: If you see any suspicious activity, your neighbors are having a loud party, you see cars parked in the street for an extended period of time, you see loose animals in the neighborhood (Harris County Animal Control 281-999-3191), or your neighbor’s cars are blocking your driveway, please call the Harris County Precinct 7 at 713-643-6602 (Dispatch) and if it is an emergency, do not hesitate to call 911.


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BRAZORIA COUNTY ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO BE PREPARED FOR HURRICANE SEASON Hurricanes generate a series of threats to lives and property.

Hurricanes often generate heavy rainfall, which can cause severe ooding over wide areas. Hurricanes also may spawn deadly tornadoes. Flooding and tornadoes may affect areas well inland.

The most obvious is the threat posed to buildings, equipment, and people by the high winds which characterize such storms.

Please take the time to prepare, plan, and stay informed. For further information and other helpful links please visit

Another serious threat to life and property comes from the storm surge, which occurs in coastal areas. Storm surges consist of huge domes of water and storm driven waves, which are pushed inland ahead of a hurricane. Tides of three to ten feet above normal are common, but the storm surge may rise twenty feet or more in large hurricanes. Waves come ashore with great force, far beyond the reach of normal surf. In relatively at areas, the storm surge may push many miles inland.

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How Do Your Children Get To and From School?

We Love Our Pets..... but they need to be on a Leash

If they walk, take a bike or ride the bus, there are important safety tips parents should be aware of to ensure your little scholars make it to the classroom and back home safely. During the back-to-school season — in August and September — at Children’s Medical Center, the Emergency Department sees an increase in trauma-related pedestrian, bicycle and school bus injuries — many of which are preventable by following some simple safety guidelines.

Fellow homeowners, we have noticed an increase this summer in dogs running loose throughout the neighborhood. We understand pets love their freedom, but all pets must be on a lease when not within your gated backyard. We have had numerous incidents of trash, walkers and children being disturbed, If you notice stray dogs, please contact Animal Control at 281.999.3191. All pets must be licensed with the the City. The charge is $10.00 per year.

Walking To prevent accidents, follow these tips for pedestrian safety: • Children should walk with an adult until they are at least 10 years old, and they should hold a grown-up’s hand when they cross the street or are in parking lots. • Always cross the street at a corner or at a crosswalk; cross with a crossing guard if there is one. • Walk on a sidewalk • Look left, then right, then left again before crossing the street. Continue looking while you cross. • After dark, make sure children wear light-colored clothing or clothing with reflective material. • Only cross in front of a bus when the driver says it is safe to do so. • Do not cross behind the bus or where a driver cannot see you. • Do not run onto a street for a ball, pet or any other reason. • Children should always play in a backyard or playground when they are outside and stay away from streets or parking lots whenever possible.

Trash is Trash We realize it vacation time, but newspapers, circulars and trash must be removed daily. This trash is unsightly and affects the overall appearance of the neighborhood. We have had several complaints that newspapers and trash have washed into the storm sewers. This will create a serious problem if the drains become clogged and potentially cause street flooding or contamination of our bayous. Everyday take a minute to pick up any debris in front of your home.

Riding a bike • Make sure your child wears a helmet that fits properly. • Make sure the bike is the right size for your child. • Bike helmets are for biking; they should not be worn on the playground or where the straps could become tangled on equipment. • Learn and obey all traffic laws. Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it. Stay as far to the right as possible. • Do not ride a bicycle when it is dark, foggy or in other low-visibility conditions.

Force Mows Although we welcome the rain we have experienced over the past two months, its important that lawns are maintained within the guidelines of the Association. If your lawn is not maintained the Association will notify you by mail to bring your lawn within compliance and if the violation is not cured, the Association will force mow your lawn. The fees associated with the force mow and letters will be charged to the homeowner with the violation. If you will be away for an extended period of time, please arrange for a lawn service to maintain your yard. The Association inspects all homes every month.

Riding a bus • Keep out of the danger zone. The bus driver can’t see you if you’re standing closer than 10 feet to the bus. • If something falls under the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up yourself. • While waiting for the bus, stay in a safe place away from the street. • When you get on or off the bus, look for the bus safety lights and make sure they are flashing. • Be alert to traffic. • When the bus driver says it is safe to cross the street, remember to cross in front of the bus.


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  Murphy’s Law for travelers: If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong while you’re on vacation -- which is arguably the worst time a household calamity can strike. Coming home from your honeymoon, African safari or Mediterranean cruise can be gloomy. But returning from a memorable journey and learning something has gone seriously wrong at home can be downright devastating.

5. The Lights Are On But No One’s Home Don’t leave your lights on at home throughout your entire vacation in an effort to make it look like someone is in the house. Your electric bill will end up more costly than your mortgage, and, of course, leaving the lights on is not exactly “green� behavior according to a programmed schedule.

1. Ask a Friend to Help A simple way to gain peace of mind while traveling is to ask a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your house while you’re away.

6. Stop Your Mail Either place a “stop� order on mail and newspapers or arrange to have a friend or neighbor pick up your mail while you’re away. Just go to the United States Postal Service Web site and you can place a “stop� order in a matter of minutes.

2. Don’t Tip Off Criminals on the Web! Think twice about posting your detailed vacation plans on Twitter or Facebook -- especially if that information is visible to Internet users other than your friends and family (and it probably is). Be careful what you say on your answering machine or voice mail too. Callers don’t need to know that you’re not home -- they just need to know that you can’t come to the phone right now.

7. Pull the Plug Unplug your television, computer, toaster oven and other appliances to protect them from power surges. 9. Remove Your Spare Key That plastic rock isn’t fooling anyone. If a criminal ďŹ gures out you’re away on vacation, it’s likely that he or she will check your porch for a spare key. So reach under the mat, into the mailbox, above the door frame or into the ower pot and remove your spare key before you leave on your vacation.

3. Do Tip Off the Police! Always notify the police if you’re going on vacation. It’s possible the police may go out of their way to drive by your house while on patrol, especially if you live in a small town.

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Community Deed Restriction Reminders Please remember your lawn needs to be treated for weeds and/or clover regularly. All wooden fences on your property need to be maintained and in good condition. (No missing boards or holes; including top boards and shared fencing). FENCES CANNOT BE STAINED ANY COLOR. Only clear stain is allowed. Please remember trash and recycling receptacles should be placed in view except only after 6pm the evening prior to the scheduled pick-up day and removed from view at the end of pick-up day. Vehicles may not be parked in the street or so as to obstruct sidewalks. This presents a danger to pedestrians and children. All pets must remain in an enclosed area in your yard or on a leash when on the common area of the community, so as to not disturb other residents.


Please remember that before any modiďŹ cations are done to your home, you must submit an ARC application. Without ARC approval, you could be asked to remove the modiďŹ cation.

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