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COMMUNITY CONTACTS

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE 12234 Shadow Creek Parkway Building 3, Suite 112 Pearland, TX 77584 Phone....................................................................................713-332-4675

EMERGENCY NUMBERS EMERGENCY, Fire and Ambulance.................................................. 911

HOURS OF OPERATION Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm Emerald Bay Clubhouse 11814 N. Clear Lake Loop Pearland, TX 77584 For rental information, go to: www.shadowcreekranchhoa.com or email SCRinfo@shadowcreekranchhoa.com

Pearland Police Department........................................281-997-4100 Sheriff - Non-Emergency...............................................281-331-9000 Pearland Police Dept - Non-Emergency...................281-652-1100

MANAGEMENT COMPANY

SCHOOLS

FirstService Residential, Inc. General Manager Maria Southall-Shaw............ maria.shaw@fsresidential.com Onsite Manager Brenda Beltran................ brenda.beltran@fsresidential.com Onsite Manager Yazmin Suarez...................yazmin.suarez@fsresidential.com Onsite Manager Calandra France............. calandra.france@fsresidential.com Property Maintenance Supervisor Mark Legge’ ............................... scrmams@fsresidential.com Project Manager Charlie Norton..................charlie.norton@fsresidential.com

Mary Marek Elementary.................................................281-245-3232 Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary.................................281-245-3090 Nolan Ryan Junior High.................................................281-245-3210 Alvin Senior High..............................................................281-331-8151 Manvel High School........................................................281-245-2235 Alvin ISD Administration...............................................281-331-0960

UTILITIES

www.fsresidential.com

Electricity - Reliant Energy............................................713-207-7777 Gas - CenterPoint..............................................................713-659-2111 Trash Removal - City of Pearland................................281-652-1603

CITY Pearland City Hall.............................................................281-652-1600 Pearland Utility Billing - Water Dept..........................281-652-1603 Pearland Animal Control................................................281-652-1970 Pearland Public Works....................................................281-652-1900 OTHER NUMBERS Pearland Post Office........................................................281-485-2132 Poison Control...................................................................800-764-7661 Brazoria County Health Department........................979-849-1600

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. SHADOW CREEK RANCH HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

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YOUR SHADOW CREEK RANCH MANAGEMENT TEAM

Thank you for the opportunity to serve your Associations, Residents, Board of  Directors and Community. I am honored to introduce the team that  makes the difference. Looking forward to an amazing year! -Maria Shaw, General Manager Estimados Residentes de Shadow Creek Ranch. Mi nombre es Yazmin Suarez, actualmente soy On-Site Manager en la Compañía FirstService Residential... Mi razón de ser dentro de la compañia es de ayudarlos con cualquier cuestión relacionada con la propiedad que se le presente. Soy muy conciente de que la propiedad se ve inmersa en numerosos y diversos ámbitos, en los que no siempre es fácil de manejarse, y que son muchos los propietarios que necesitan orientación y apoyo.. Por eso existimos, para ayudarlos con todo lo que la propiedad de ustedes necesite, de una manera experta y de forma absolutamente cercana.

First of all let me begin by introducing myself. My name is Brenda Beltran, On-Site Manager for Shadow Creek Ranch HOA, Village of Emerald Bay & Village of Diamond Bay. It is with great honor and appreciation to be a part of the Shadow Creek Ranch Community. I see my position as a great opportunity to work with so many concerned and caring residents and remain committed to continue providing outstanding service. I consider email to be the best form of communication for me (brenda. beltran@fsresidential.com), however I may also be reached by phone 713-332-4675. 2013 was a challenging but wonderful year for me, with that being said, I will strive harder to make 2014 even better!!

Aportamos un punto de vista imparcial, que se apoya en la experiencia y en el buen conocimiento de la ley.

Howdy, my name is Mark Legge’ and I am the Maintenance Supervisor at Shadow Creek Ranch. My position is to work for the residents to maintain the amenities and upkeep of the property. I look forward to working with all the residents of Shadow Creek Ranch, so when you see me on the golf cart, please give me a friendly wave and let’s have a great 2014!

Recuerda que siempre podras consultarnos las dudas, de todas formas, aquí podrán informarse sobre cada uno de nuestros servicios en el sitio web www.shadowcreekranchhoa.com, contactarme a traves de mi correo electrónico Yazmin.suarez@fsresidential.com o llamado al siguiente número de telefono (713-332-4675). Auguro “un mejor 2014, año en el que esperamos lo mejor para todos Los Residentes de Shadow Creek Ranch. Hi, my name is Calandra France and I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to the wonderful residents of Shadow Creek Ranch. I have enjoyed my time here so far and look forward to meeting each and every one of you. As your On-Site Manager for the Village of Biscayne Bay and the Village of Diamond Bay, I am available to answer any questions or concerns. I encourage all residents to reach out to me via email: calandra.france@fsresidential.com or by phone 713-332-4675. I look forward to working with both the Shadow Creek Ranch team and residents in the years to come!

My name is Charlie Norton, Project Manager for Shadow Creek Ranch. As project manager, I work closely with the Developer, the Association Board Members, and the On Site Managers. While I’m new to Shadow Creek Ranch, I look forward to becoming a part of this great community and assisting the residents and businesses. I can be reached via email: charlie.norton@fsresidential.com or by phone 713-332-4675. All the best in 2014!

Shadow Creek Ranch Amenities Access All residents that are current on their 2014 Assessments can utilize the amenities at Shadow Creek Ranch. Residents must have a valid card with 2014 sticker. Pool season begins May 24, 2014. • If you currently have a card or fob, please stop by the Shadow Creek Ranch onsite office to receive the 2014 sticker. • If you need to purchase an access card or fob; Application and payment may be submitted via mail or in person at the Shadow Creek Ranch onsite office located at 12234 Shadow Creek Pkwy, Suite 3112, Pearland TX 77584. • Both access cards and fobs at Shadow Creek Ranch allow access to the Tennis courts,  Water park, Splash pad, Diving pool and Olympic lap pool. • Each card permits entry for 4 people. SHADOW CREEK RANCH HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

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Access card $10.00

FOB $15.00

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Auto Theft Prevention Tips A car is stolen in Texas every 5 minutes. No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, old or new – car or truck – you could be the next victim. The following information could help keep you and your vehicle safe.

Tips to Protect Your Vehicle • Take your keys. One out of every five vehicles stolen had the keys in it. • Lock your car. Almost half of all vehicles stolen were left unlocked. • Don’t hide a second set of keys in your car. Extra keys can easily be found if a thief takes time to look. • Park in well-lighted areas. • Park in attended lots. Auto thieves do not like witnesses and prefer unattended parking lots. • Only give ignition/door key to parking attendant. If your trunk and glove box use the same key as the door, have one of them changed. Don’t give the attendant easy access to your glove box and trunk. Upon returning, check the tires, spare and battery to insure they are the same as those you had when you parked. • Don’t leave your car running unattended. Vehicles are commonly stolen at convenience stores, gas stations, ATM’s, etc. Many vehicles are also stolen on cold mornings when the owner leaves the vehicle running to warm up. • Completely close car windows when parking. Don’t make it any easier for the thief to enter your vehicle. • Hide your valuables. Don’t make your car a more desirable target for thieves by leaving valuables in plain sight.

GARAGE SALE GUIDELINES • 2 garage sale events per year not to exceed 3 days per sale. • City will provide 3 signs per event, & only those signs may be used to advertise. • No more than 3 families per event. • A fee of $15 shall be assessed for each event. • Each participant in a community wide garage sale is required to have an individual permit. GARAGE SALE SIGN PLACEMENT When obtaining a garage sale permit, the City provides sign placement guidelines. It’s important to follow these rules – otherwise, misplaced signs will be removed. For example, signs aren’t allowed in public rights-of-way or attached to utility poles, trees, public buildings, or street signs, and must posted no earlier than 5 a.m. on the first day of the event and removed by 8 p.m. on the final day of the event. Applications must be turned in to the permits office located at 3523 Liberty Drive during office hours. Office hours (7:30am to 5:30pm) City of Pearland 281-652-1638.

Bandit Signs are Prohibited

Many of you may have seen signs posted throughout the community selling a product or service. They distract from the overall appearance and curb appeal. Any signs posted within Shadow Creek Ranch must be authorized by the City and removed within the specified guidelines. The City of Pearland prohibits “bandit” signs and garage sale signs placed in public right-of-ways including attachments to telephone/power poles and stop signs.     In accordance with the City of Pearland, any unlawful sign found within a public right-of-way of a public street, public sidewalk or public alley shall be seized and removal thereof is hereby authorized. The city  is authorized to impound any signs found on a public street, public sidewalk, or public alley. The Shadow Creek Ranch management team will also remove any and all unauthorized signs on property. Individuals  in violation will be contacted to collect the signs when feasible and notified of fines for future violations. 

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Shadow Creek Ranch 2014 Resident Pool Schedule Emerald Bay Lap Pool 11814 N. Clear Lake Loop

Closed Mondays and Wednesdays for Maintenance

May 11th - May 17th Monday - Friday: Saturday:

Closed 2pm - 8pm

May 24th - June 5th (Memorial Day) Saturday - Sunday: 12pm - 8pm Monday - Friday: Closed Exception: Mon., May 26th (Memorial Day) 10am-8pm

June 7th thru August 24th (Full Season) Monday: Closed Tuesday: 12pm - 8pm Wednesday: Closed Thursday - Sunday: 12pm - 8pm

Reflection Bay Diving Pool 12115 S. Clear Lake Loop

Closed Tuesdays and Thursdays for Maintenance

Exception: Mon., May 26th (Memorial Day) 10am-8pm

June 7th - August 24th (Full Season)

Exception: Mon., May 26th (Memorial Day) 10am-8pm

Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday - Sunday:

12pm - 8pm Closed 12pm - 8pm Closed 12pm - 8pm

August 25th - Sept. 1st (Labor Day) Saturday - Sunday: 12pm - 8pm Monday - Friday: Closed

Sept. 2nd - Sept. 6th Tuesday - Friday: Monday - Friday:

Closed 2pm - 7pm

Exception: Mon., Sept. 1st (Labor Day)

Exception: Mon., Sept. 1st (Labor Day)

10am-8pm

Last Day of Pool Season September 2nd

* Strict Limit of 200 Residents inside pool area

May 25th - June 5th (Memorial Day) Saturday: 1pm - 8pm Sunday: 1pm - 8pm Monday - Friday: Closed

August 25th - Sept. 1st (Labor Day) Saturday - Sunday: 12pm - 8pm Monday - Friday: Closed

11am-8pm

2034 Trinity Bay Drive

Closed Mondays & Wednesdays for Maintenance

May 24th - June 5th (Memorial Day) Saturday - Sunday: 12pm - 8pm Monday - Friday: Closed

Adult Lap Swim• Tues•Thurs•Fri 8-9pm •Adults 18 and older

Diamond Bay Water Park

June 7th - August 24th (Full Season) Monday - Tuesday: 1pm - 8pm Wednesday: Closed Thursday - Saturday: 1pm - 8pm Sunday: 1pm - 8pm August 25th - Sept. 1st (Labor Day) Closed Monday - Friday: 12pm - 8pm Sunday: Exception: Mon., Sept. 1st (Labor Day)

Last Day of Pool Season September 6th

11am-8pm

Last Day of Pool Season September 2nd

BISCAYNE BAY RECREATION POOL 13210 Windward Bay

Closed Mondays & Wednesdays for Maintenance * Strict Limit of 200 Residents inside pool area

May 11th - May 17th Monday-Friday: Saturday:

Closed 2pm - 8pm

May 24th - June 5th Saturday: Sunday: Monday-Friday:

1pm - 8pm 1pm - 8pm Closed

Exception: Mon., May 26th (Memorial Day) 10am-8pm

June 7th - August 24th (Full Season) Monday: Closed Tuesday: 10am - 8pm Wednesday: Closed Thursday - Sunday: 10am - 8pm August 25th - Sept. 1st (Labor day) Monday - Friday: Closed Saturday - Sunday: 1pm - 8pm Exception: Mon., Sept. 1st (Labor Day)

10am-8pm

Last Day of Splash Pad Pool Season September 4th

Swim Lessons available at Emerald Bay and Reflection Bay on closed days of pools. For additional information contact 713.932.1122

For more information on swim lessons and private pool parties contact Aquatico at 281-578-7665

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Brazoria-Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 1

Good Ways

General Information

to be a Great Neighbor

Please see the website, www.shadowcreekranchmuds.com, for dates, times, and locations of upcoming meetings. The District generally meets every first Friday at 12:00 p.m. at the offices of Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP, 3200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 2600, Houston, Texas 77027. In addition to the website, agendas for each meeting are posted at the entrance to the lift station located at 2753 Biscayne Bay Drive Pearland, Texas 77584, and at the Brazoria and Fort Bend County Courthouses at least 72 hours before every meeting, and the Board of Directors invites all members of the public to attend its meetings. Please contact the District through the “contact” page on this website if you need confirmation of a Board meeting.

Peering through the blinds, I watched as my neighbor let his dog traipse through another neighbor’s yard. He dug in the flower bed and relieved himself near the sidewalk. Of course, the dog’s owner didn’t bother to pick up the excrement. He was too busy enjoying a cigarette and flicking the still-burning butt into our street. I really don’t think it is hard to be a good neighbor and respectful of the community, but for those folks who need a primer – Here’s five ways to avoid being the most hated house on the block. 1. Keep your property neat. Mow the grass! Edge your lawn! Pick up your trash and remove the kids’ toys strewn across your lawn. Don’t devaluate the rest of the neighborhood property values because of laziness.

As a reminder, the City of Pearland operates our water and sewer system and provides garbage collection services. If you have any questions about your service, please call the City of Pearland at (281) 652-1603.

2. Most homeowners love pets but they need to be controlled. Keep dogs on a leash - It’s the law. Carry a baggie to pick up any gifts left behind. 3. Realize not everyone wants to hear the bass in your new car stereo. Surround sound is great as long as it’s within your house for your listening pleasure not the entire neighborhood.

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4. Domestic “discussions” need to be kept within your own four walls. If I wanted to watch someone yelling and screaming in their driveway surrounded by 42 cop cars, I’d turn on “COPS”. Get professional counseling.

Please see the website, www.shadowcreekranchmuds. com, for dates, times, and locations of upcoming meetings.  MUD 26 generally meets every first Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the offices of Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP, 3200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 2600, Houston, Texas 77027. In addition to the website, agendas for each meeting are posted at the Emerald Village Recreation Center, 11814 N. Clear Lake Loop, Pearland, Texas 77584, and at the Brazoria County Courthouse at least 72 hours before every meeting, and the Board of Directors invites all members of the public to attend its meetings.  Please contact the District through the “contact” page on the new website if you need confirmation of a Board meeting. 

5. Slow down. I’m glad your Porsche can go 0-60 in 2.5 seconds…but how do you plan to brake when a child runs after a ball into the street or I back out of my driveway?

As a reminder, the City of Pearland operates our water and sewer system and provides garbage collection services.  If you have any questions about your service, please call the City of Pearland at (281) 652-1603. 2014 District Information Kit The District Information Kit provides a complete overview of the District and can be found on the website, www.shadowcreekranchmuds.com. Safety Tips The District has contracts with the City of Pearland Police Officers for additional patrol services. Please see the website, https://p2c.pearlandpd.com/, for City of Pearland crime statistics. SHADOW CREEK RANCH HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

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11041 Shadow Creek Pkwy Suite 125 Pearland, TX 77584 (Located near Kroger)

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Shadow Creek Ranch

4th Annual

April 16, 2014 4:30pm to 7:30pm

Reflection Bay Diving Pool 12115 S. Clear Lake Loop

Join us as we Jump into Spring!   * Face Painting * Snow Cones * Petting Zoo * Amazing DJ * Inflatables * Cotton Candy * Carnival ride and small games * Nachos while quantities last

  We want to thank all of our Contractors and Sponsors for their amazing generosity that allows us to continue to offer these events to the community!

Shadow Creek Ranch Association

The Impact of Delinquent Assessments Homeowners that are delinquent on their assessments impact the entire community. Every year, the requirements of the association are reviewed in order to charge each homeowner appropriately to maintain the community and provide resources to enhance the value of the property. Without the budgeted assessments the Association is not able to provide the services required for the community. Homeowners who do not pay their assessments create a financial shortfall that affects the entire Community. As of February 28, 2014, 28% of Homeowners have not paid their assessments. The challenge we face is that if 1800 homeowners do not pay their 2014 Assessments we are challenged managing and providing the level of service you expect to receive. It also could potentially affect the 2015 assessment rate. What is your Association doing to collect Delinquent Assessments? The Board of Directors has directed the managing agent to aggressively pursue all collections through monitor payment plans and legal action leading up to possible Foreclosure and Eviction. In addition to a fulltime Onsite staff, the Association has employed the professional legal counsel of several outstanding firms. What can you do? Continue to pay your assessments on time. Report deed restriction violations in the community immediately to FirstService Residential. Speak to neighbors and encourage them to contact FirstService if they are having difficulty paying their assessments. Contact the Resource Center at 713.32.4675. Be proud of your Beautiful Community!

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For Additional Information please visit : http://pearlandvotes.com

Election Day Saturday, May 10, 2014

When and Where Do I Vote? Election Day - Saturday, May 10, 2014 Election Day Precincts and Polling Places - 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Register To Vote To vote in Texas, you must be registered. Simply pick up a voter registration application, fill it out, and mail it at least 30 days before the election date.

Precinct Maps Alvin ISD and Pearland ISD District Map

Early Voting by Personal Appearance Locations:

You are eligible to register to vote if: • You are a United States citizen; • You are a resident of the county where you submit the application; • You are at least 18 years old on Election Day; • You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole); and you have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapaci- tated without the right to vote.

Monday, April 28 – Friday, May 2: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 5 – Tuesday, May 6: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pearland East Branch Location: Pearland Library, 3522 Liberty Drive, Pearland, Texas Pearland West Branch Location: Westside Event Center, 2150 Countryplace Parkway, Pearland, Texas Shadow Creek Ranch Branch Location: Pearland Westside Library, 2803 Business Center Drive #101, Pearland, Texas

2014 PEAR RUN 10K RUN / 5K RUN / WALK Saturday May 10, 2014 7:00am Pearland Town Center, Pearland, TX For more information and registration go to www.pearrun.com

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Give Weeds a One-Two Punch this Spring, in One EASY Step! by Mark, Shadow Creek Ranch Maintenance Supervisor In addition to crabgrass, dandelions and clover are two of the most common weeds you’re likely to see trying to take hold in your lawn. And, the spring growing season is the best time to control them. Crabgrass is best tackled before it emerges from the ground and begins to grow leaves (pre-emergent). Conversely, members of the broadleaf weed family — like dandelions and clover — require a treatment that comes into direct contact with the plant’s leaves, so they must be dealt with, once they’ve made their appearance known (post-emergent).

• Healthy lawns resist weed germination better than bare, unhealthy lawns • Aerate compacted lawns to improve growth • Keep your lawn cut, but not too short. Experts recommend an optimum length of 2.5-3 inches.

For a simple spring lawn care routine that requires only one application for several types of weed control, try a spring fertilizer with weed and feed in a zero-phosphate formulation! And — once you get it on the lawn — you’ll be done for the season because the slow release nitrogen ingredient provides your lawn with controlled, steady nutrition for up to 12 weeks — resulting in thicker, healthier grass. That means no excess growth, and less mowing! Of course, the best weed prevention is a healthy lawn — tired, worn, uncared-for lawns are more susceptible to weeds, insects, molds and more — so don’t forget the basics:

Bamboo’s hardiness and rapid growth make it a problematic plant for most yards. 3. Getting rid of bamboo can take years. Bamboo is a long-term relationship that should not be entered lightly. It may take years and vigorous effort to remove unwanted bamboo. The first step in removing bamboo is to remove all the root mass and rhizomes. This is easier said than done, and many homeowners with bamboo-loving neighbors complain they can’t get rid of the spreading grass. No matter how much they dig, the shoots keep coming back.

Here are the top five reasons why you should not plant bamboo in your garden and yard. 1. Bamboo can spread into neighboring yards. Many homeowners plant bamboo to create a fastgrowing privacy screen around their home. Bamboo can spread as quickly as it grows, and it doesn’t respect fences or property lines. Some bamboo species may even be categorized as noxious weeds, meaning a neighbor could legally force you to remove your bamboo. You could also be liable for the cost of any damage to the neighbors’ property caused by your bamboo, and for the cost of removal from their property.

4. Getting rid of bamboo may require herbicides. Chemical herbicides are often necessary for controlling bamboo (roundup original, quick kill grass, weed killer and other herbicides containing glyphosate). 5. The right bamboo can be hard to find. Bamboo’s defenders will argue that not all of the more than 1,000 bamboo species are equally invasive. They recommend clumping bamboo species rather than spreading types. The problem is that even clumping species spread, albeit not as vigorously. It also can be hard to differentiate between the types, and some are mislabeled.

2. Bamboo can be an invasive threat to biodiversity. Bamboo that spreads and escapes your yard can also cause ecological problems. Many spreading bamboo species are categorized as invasive exotic plants that crowd out native plants and threaten biodiversity. The best ways to contain spreading bamboo can be expensive and complicated, and may not be worth pursuing for many homeowners. SHADOW CREEK RANCH HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

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Protecting Shadow Creek Ranch Property Values

conformity and eliminate architectural changes that threaten the investment other members have in the Association. By following the architectural guidelines and obtaining approval from the Association before any exterior architectural changes are made, we are doing part of our duty as members of the Association.

Is What Our Association Is All About! One of the biggest advantages of living in a common-interest development is the ability of the Association to preserve, protect and enhance property values. But, just how does the Board of Directors guide the Association to perform those duties?

Our Board of Directors is given the charge of overseeing the operations of the Association and to see to it that the CC&R’s and Rules & Regulations are followed by the Association’s members. The Board is made up of owners, other members just like you. They volunteer their time and energy to serve the Association because they care about the investment they have in it. Committees are formed to assist the Board with their charge. These committees are made up of volunteer owners, just like you. When you volunteer to serve on the Board of Directors, or you volunteer to serve on a committee, you are doing part of your duty as a member of the Association.

Often, we think of the Association as a collection of rules and regulations limiting personal freedoms and individuality. But, it is those same rules and regulations that protect, preserve and enhance the investment each of us have in our home. If you dust off your copy of the CC&R’s (Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions) and reread them, you will see that the Board of Directors have a pretty precise blueprint on how to protect your investment.

Monthly assessments are necessary to protect and maintain our community assets and to help provide professional management to assist our community. When owners fail to pay their assessment on time, the Association is unable to meet all if its financial obligations. The result: The degree of property value protection the Association provides is reduced. In other words, even one owner who does not pay their assessment on time can adversely effect how Association business is conducted. When you pay your assessment on time, you are doing part of your duty as a member of the Association.

First and foremost, our Association is not just made up of the Board, Committees and a few interested owners. It was established as a corporation in which ALL owners are members. What that means is the, as an owner, you have committed yourself to become business partners with every other owner in the community. But, in order to achieve the primary goal of the Association (to preserve, protect and enhance property values) certain Covenants, conditions and Restrictions had to be established in order to achieve that goal. In those CC&R’s, the Board is given the authority to establish Rules & Regulations that compliment the Association’s purpose. When we follow the CC&R’s and the Rules & Regulations, we are doing part of our duty as members of the Association.

Finally, the Board of Directors meet on a regular basis in order to make decisions, keep up-to-date on Association business and to hear from other owners in order to make proactive business decisions. As owners, keeping abreast of association matters and contributing during Open Forum is only good business. When you choose to attend the Board meetings, you are doing part of your duty as a member of the Association

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CITY OF PEARLAND RECREATION CENTER & NATATORIUM Amenities include: • • • • • • • • • • •

Indoor Track Weight Room with Personal Training Packages 2 Indoor Basketball Courts 2 Racquetball Courts Spinning & Yoga Room Group Activity Classes Interactive Recreational Area - The Rec Room Youth Fitness Equipment - The Zone Drop-in Child Care - Kidz Korner Activity Rooms & Multipurpose Rooms Room Rentals For Your Event

Natatorium Inside the natatorium is a competition pool (50 meters x 25 yards), two 3-meter diving boards, two 1-meter diving boards and a warm-up pool (25 yards long by 3 lanes wide). The competition pool can be set in seven different configurations for recreational/lap swim, long and short course swim meets, water polo, competition diving and synchronized swimming. The warm-up pool is a shallow pool with a zero-depth entry. Primary uses for the warm-up pool include water exercise classes, swimming lessons and therapeutic recreation programs. The natatorium will also serve both the Pearland and Dawson High School swim and water polo teams.

Shadow Creek Residents.... Although we anxiously await the start of Spring, sometimes Mother Nature does not cooperate with our outdoor plans. If you are looking for a great place to visit or take the family, stop by the City of Pearland Recreation Center and Natatorium. Recreation Center & Natatorium 4141 Bailey Road • Pearland, TX 77584 Phone: (281) 412-8999

Competition Pool • • • • • •

The facility aims to provide additional fitness and aquatic opportunities for both the Pearland community and surrounding cities alike. The 107,000 square foot Recreation Center & Natatorium is a joint partnership with the Pearland Independent School District and the Pearland Economic Development Corporation. Recreation Center This modern facility has many things to offer you and your entire family. From the weight room to the Kidz Korner, the indoor track to the yoga room, everyone can enjoy their time here at the recreation center! Fitness enthusiasts can choose from a wide variety of group exercise classes, including Zumba®, Spinning®, yoga, circuit training, water aerobics, cardio training and more.

20 Lap lanes when configured as 25m lap pool 8 Lap lanes when configured as 50m lap pool Constant temperature: 81 degrees Depth: 7' - 13' Capacity: 50-75 pending the activity 4 Diving boards

Annual Meeting Notice for Residents of Emerald Bay The Village of Emerald Bay 2014 Annual Meeting April 9, 2014 6:45 - 8:30pm Nolan Ryan Jr High School Cafeteria Pearland, Texas All residents of Emerald Bay will receive additional information and proxy by US Mail

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Why is ARC Approval Required?

guidelines for your benefit and for the benefit of the entire community. By so doing the Committee helps better ensure that the community maintains a harmonious and consistent appearance. When people select a deed restricted community in which to purchase a home they do so for a variety of reasons. Foremost among them are:

The architectural review process is required by the Governing Documents of deed-restricted communities. But why should someone else have any say over what you do with your own home?

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Homes in deed restricted communities tend to be better maintained. There is continuity, consistency and harmony (as well as variety) among the homes. Your next door neighbor cannot use garish colors and hence reduce the value of your home or your enjoyment of the neighborhood. • There is more of a sense of community and belonging. • Homes in deed restricted communities hold their values better.

Everyone who buys a home in a deed-restricted community (whether it is a condominium, townhouse or single-family association) agrees to be bound by the governing documents of that association. That includes applying for architectural approval of just about anything that changes the exterior appearance of your home or your unit. Architectural control for a condominium association tends to be more understandable by most owners because the exterior is generally owned, maintained and otherwise controlled by the association. You may not like the fact that you cannot paint your front door a different color or add distinctive decoration to the exterior – but you tend to understand the fact that it is not your individual property but is owned indivisibly by everyone in the community.

The architectural review process in a well-managed community is simple and usually quick. Complete a simple application form and, depending on your plans, attach samples of the paint or roof materials or, if you are doing something more extensive like a patio cover or room addition, you will need to attach drawings, dimensions and lists of materials. Submit the completed application and it will be promptly reviewed. You will also be notified in writing of the Architectural Review Committee’s decision. Assuming your application is approved, you may commence work without further ado. If your application is denied the Committee or your managing agent will tell you why it was denied and what you can do to get the work approved. Finally, if you feel your application was denied unfairly you have the right to appeal the decision. All appeals must be received by the managing agent, in writing, within 30 (THIRTY) days of the date of the denial letter. Your managing agent will help you through this process.

Single-family associations have similar architectural control over what owners may or may not do when it pertains to painting, roofing, fencing, additions, swimming pools, basketball goals, play structures and other things that affect the exterior appearance of a home. Some owners feel this is an intrusive burden that violates their property rights. This is not so. The association’s architectural review authority is based in the community’s governing documents and in the state’s property code. The purpose of architectural review is to maintain or enhance your property’s value by helping owners to use colors, materials and styles that coordinate with and compliment the rest of the community.

ARC approval does not apply to minor repairs to the exterior of your home such as replacing and repainting a piece of trim or patching a small area of shingles. Nor is it intended to get in the way of urgent things like the replacement of a badly leaking roof. If you tell your managing agent the urgent nature of the repair or replacement, the application can most often be walked through and approved in two to one week.

Remember that the members of the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) or Architectural Control Committee (ACC) are your neighbors and they understand your desire to improve your home and the importance of having you do so. They are, however, obligated by the governing documents to consistently and fairly enforce the community’s architectural

Is beekeeping fit for urban areas? There are several arguments against keeping bees in urban settings, and many in favor of it. It is often argued that honeybees in cities are a danger to public health and well-being, a nuisance when they are active or swarming, and that they prevent one’s neighbors from enjoying their own property. It is also sometimes argued that bees belong outside of town because they are associated with farms. There is a growing and important interest in urban farming and gardening, and beekeeping fits very well in that trend. The most vocal opponents of urban beekeeping may often be allergic to bees, misunderstand their gentle nature or the conditions which stings actually occur. While we understand both sides of this argument, we encourage all of our residents to meet neighbor to neighbor to resolve any issues with bees found in Shadow Creek Ranch. Let’s work together to continue to make this a wonderful place to live! SHADOW CREEK RANCH HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

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A Pearland Dentist the Whole Family will Love! All our professionals at Afroz Burges, D.D.S. maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in cosmetic dentistry. Afroz Burges, D.D.S. offers a full array of general and cosmetic dentistry services in a tranquil, low-stress environment to help you create a satisfying smile.

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It is Time to Walk Walking is one of the easiest ways to exercise. You can do it almost anywhere and at any time. Walking is also inexpensive. All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes.

Festival Hours and Admission: FRIDAY FREE UNTIL 3:00PM!

Fri. Apr. 4 & Sat. Apr. 5 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Sun. Apr. 6 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM DAY OF SHOW: $8 for Adults $21 Three-Day Pass

Walking will: * Give you more energy * Make you feel good * Help you to relax * Reduce stress * Help you sleep better * Tone your muscles * Help control your appetite * Increase the number of calories your body uses Safety Tips: Keep safety in mind when you plan your route and the time of your walk. * Walk in the daytime or at night in well-lighted areas. * Walk in a group at all times. * Notify your local police station of your group’s walking time and route.

Children 12 and Under and Active Military with Current I.D. FREE! SHADOW CREEK RANCH HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

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Alvin ISD Board of Trustees approve school and facility names At the February 11 meeting of the School Board, Trustees approved the names of Elementary 15, Elementary 16, High School 3, and the Alvin ISD Central Administration Building. Elementary 15 will be named in honor of one of Houston’s premier trauma surgeons and professors, Dr. James “Red” Duke. Dr. Duke is a graduate of Texas A&M University, served the US as a member of the US Army, and attended medical school at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He has had years of achievement in the field of medicine, and was instrumental in introducing Memorial Hermann’s Life Flight, and bringing a Level 1 Trauma Unit to Houston. Dr. Duke is nationally known for his syndicated television show called “Dr. Red Duke’s Health Reports,” which has aired for the past 15 years. Dr. James “Red” Duke Elementary, located at the southeast corner of Kirby and County Road 59, I set to open for the 2014-15 school year. Elementary 16, which is scheduled to open Fall 2016, will be named Bill Hasse Elementary, after educator and superintendent of Alvin ISD. Hasse served the community of Alvin ISD since 1957 as an educator, a principal, an assistant superintendent, and ultimately the superintendent of schools. He retired after 37 years of serving the community of Alvin ISD and continues to be a supporter of the students and staff. He is a member of various community organizations, and serves as a leader in many of the groups. The location for Bill Hasse Elementary has not yet been determined.

HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER MAGAZINES Official Community Magazines that Local Residents READ. Where have you been? This newsletter is provided free to the residents because of Advertisers like you who care and understand your success comes from the local community. Residents support businesses that support them.

High school 3, which will be located at Broadway and Kirby in Pearland, will be named Shadow Creek High School due to its location. Shadow Creek was the first master planend community in the area, and has had significant impact on the community growth. Shadow Creek Ranch High School will break ground soon, and is expected to open Fall 2016.

To advertise in this Official Publication of the community, call 713.331.0344 or email HOA NewsMag today at advertise@hoanewsmag.com for rates and requirements. Your local Advertising Executive will assist you in meeting your goals while staying within your budget.

The Alvin ISD Central Administration Building will be named in honor of Tommy King, retired Alvin ISD Deputy Superintendent for Business and Support Services. King served the students and staff of Alvin ISD for 26 years, which heavily contributed to the financial security of the District. During his tenure Alvin ISD achieved 11 consecutive superior ratings on the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, achieved a perfect district audit with no findings, and received the prestigious Meritorious Budget Award. King has dedicated his life to being a leader in his community, and continues to be involved in the community by serving on multiple boards and devoting time to helping others in the areas of financial management.

All advertisements are due by the 15th of the month for the next edition. Multiple month subscriptions and discounts are available.

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Animal Control Frequently Asked Questions Does my cat/dog have to be registered with the City? Yes, to register your pet, you must have a current Rabies Certificate. Registration fees can be paid at the Animal Control office. The fee is $10 annually for neutered pets and $20 for unneutered pets. You can also check with your veterinarian - as local veterinarian offices have registration packets for the public. How long do I have to register my pets? New residents have 60 days to register their pets.

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Dates: 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm

How many cats or dogs can I have in Pearland? You may have up to 3 pets - in any combination.

Location: Zychlinski Park 2243 Grand Blvd. Pearland, Texas 77581

Does Pearland have a leash law? Yes, cats and dogs must be on a leash or contained in a fence at all times. Pets cannot be tied outside of a fenced yard and owners must have physical control of pets at all times. Is there a “pooper-scooper” law in Pearland? Yes, you must pick up after your pet in all public areas.

Make your yard less attractive to snakes

Can I have any type of animal I want in Pearland? The City does have regulations for different types of animals. If you are thinking about owning a pet other than a cat or dog, please call our office for more information.

Making your yard less likely to be called “home” by snakes starts with understanding that they are only there for the food. Taking steps to cut down on the number of rats, mice, and toads can greatly reduce the chances of an encounter:

Who do I call about stray animals? Please call Animal Control to report stray animals in area neighborhoods. What do I do about wildlife in and around my home? Animal Control has a humane trapping program and allows residents to check out animal traps.

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What other services does Animal Control offer? Animal Control also has and adoption program and presents educational programs for anyone interested in learning more about Animal Control. If you are looking to add a pet to your family, there are a number of animals at the Adoption Center who need a foster home and please contact the Animal Control office if you would like to have someone speak to your group.

Living in an area with decorative ponds and natural water sources will increase the likelihood of snakes around your home. Some snakes eat minnows and water frogs and tend to stay near water. Occasionally they will move away from water to bask and hide and homes usually provide ideal places for them.

Do you have a Web site? Yes, you can view our pets online at petfinder.com. Photos of animals at the Adoption Center are posted daily. You can also find information about programs and services on this Web site. For a complete list of Animal Control related ordinances, please see Municipal Code, Chapter 6.

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Clear trash and debris around homes. Trim low hanging shrubs and brush. Do not stack firewood on the ground. Keep grass and vegetation trimmed low. Use cedar mulch and cedar oil in and around flowerbeds. Do not leave garage doors open, there are a lot of places in there that snakes love to hide.

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Happenings Pearland Parks & Recreation is gearing up for the 19th annual Paws in the Park, coordinated by Pup Squad Animal Rescue. We will kick things off on Saturday morning with the HEB Plus! Pet and Owner Fun Run followed by the national Dock Diving competiton. Dock Diving for dogs is quickly becoming one of America’s most popular outdoor events! Proud pet owners travel to these events from all over the country to compete. It’s an incredible new sport that everyones loves to watch!

Date: Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30, 2014 Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

In addition to the Dock Diving competition, paws in the Park will host teams from across the nation competing in the US Dog Disc Nationals. There are several demonstrations planned throughout the weekend including Flyball, Agility, Obedience and Grooming.

Location: Independence Park (3919 Liberty Drive) Ages: All ages Cost: FREE Admission, FREE on-site parking

Clothes Dryer Safety

THE RIGHT HOME. THE RIGHT MORTGAGE.

Doing laundry is most likely part of a daily routine in most homes across the country. But did you know how important it is to take care of your clothes dryer regarding the overall safety of your home? It is a fact that clogged dryer ducts pose a serious fire hazard due to lint build up, especially in the homes where laundry rooms have been put in convenient locations and not close to an exterior wall. There are over 16,500 dryer fires in the United States every year. There is a company here in the Clear Lake area that provides this service at a very reasonable fee and they will actually do a free inspection to evaluate your specific dryer duct cleaning needs. The name of the company is Lint Blasters and it is a local family owned business. They have a website www. lintblasters.com which describes their services and also have videos that reflect this potential fire hazard by both a major news network as well as a major insurance company. I would recommend visiting this site and viewing these videos to fully understand the extent of this extremely potential hazard. They also offer senior citizen discounts.

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