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AMI PEARLAND CONTACTS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE 12234 Shadow Creek Parkway Building 3, Suite 114 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: Yazmin Suarez

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


SCHOOLS General Manager Maria Onsite Manager Eleanor Onsite Manager Brenda Service Specialist Yazmin Property Maintenance Supervisor Terry Tate Project Manager Rod Simpson...........................................

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


Electricity - Reliant Energy............................................713-207-7777 Gas - CenterPoint..............................................................713-659-2111 Trash Removal - City of Pearland................................281-652-1600

CITY Pearland City Hall.............................................................281-652-1600 Pearland Utility Billing - Water Dept..........................281-756-2265 Pearland Animal Control................................................281-652-1603 Pearland Public Works....................................................281-652-1900 OTHER NUMBERS Pearland Post Office........................................................281-485-2132 Code of Compliance........................................................281-652-1766 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 Visit our New HOA Website: 2

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How Do Your Children Get To and From School? 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.


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.

Shadow Creek Ranch Residents Important Notice

2013 Homeowner Association Assessments Assessment notification and coupons for 2013 were delivered to all residents in November 2012. The 2013 Homeowner Assessments were considered delinquent if not received by January 31, 2013.

Riding a bike

• Make sure your child wears a helmet that fits properly.

The Association would like to thank all Residents that have paid the assessments. These funds are necessary to provide services to the community and ensure adequate reserve funding to continue the maintenance of our beautiful community.

• 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.

If you have misplaced your coupon or forgotten to pay, additional penalties have been assessed to your account. It is imperative that you contact AMI immediately to make acceptable payment arrangements to prevent continued collection activity including foreclosure. Please email Jennifer Meador at or call us at 713.332.4675 for current balances or payment arrangements. Payments may be made by personal check, cashiers check or money order.

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.

Thank you again for making Shadow Creek Ranch an amazing community!

Mark Your Calendars Village of Biscayne Bay Annual Meeting (2013) The Village of Biscayne Bay Annual Meeting is scheduled for April 23, 2013 at 6:30pm at Hilton Garden Inn, 12101 Shadow Creek Parkway, Pearland, Texas. Official notice in accordance with the Governing Documnents will be mailed to the members of the Biscayne Bay Homeowners Association with the agenda. The Board of Directors encourage your attendance.



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Shadow Creek Ranch 2013 Resident Pool Schedule Emerald Bay Lap Pool

Reflection Bay Diving Pool

Diamond Bay Water Park


11814 N. Clear Lake Loop

12115 S. Clear Lake Loop

2034 Trinity Bay Drive

13210 Windward Bay

Closed Mondays and Wednesdays for Maintenance

Closed Tuesdays and Thursdays for Maintenance

Closed Wednesdays for Maintenance

Closed Mondays for Maintenance

* Strict Limit of 200 Residents inside pool area

* Strict Limit of 200 Residents inside pool area

May 25th - June 6th (Memorial Day) Saturday - Sunday 12pm - 8pm Monday - Friday: Closed

May 25th - June 6th (Memorial Day) Saturday - Sunday 12pm - 8pm Monday - Friday: Closed

May 25th - June 6th (Memorial Day) Saturday: 10am - 8pm Sunday: 1pm - 8pm Monday - Friday: Closed

May 25th - June 6th Saturday: Sunday: Monday-Friday

Exception: Mon., May 27th (Memorial Day) 10am-8pm

Exception: Mon., May 27th (Memorial Day) 10am-8pm

Exception: Mon., May 27th (Memorial Day) 10am-8pm

Exception: Mon., May 27th (Memorial Day) 10am-8pm

June 7th thru August 25th (Full Season) Monday: Closed Tuesday: 12pm - 8pm Wednesday: Closed Thursday - Sunday: 12pm - 8pm

June 7th - August 25th (Full Season)

June 7th - August 25th (Full Season) Monday - Tuesday: 10am - 8pm Wednesday: Closed Thursday - Saturday: 10am - 8pm Sunday: 1pm - 8pm

June 7th - August 25th (Full Season) Monday: Closed Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 8pm

August 26th - Sept. 2nd (Labor Day) Saturday - Sunday: 12pm - 8pm Monday - Friday: Closed

August 26th - Sept. 2nd (Labor Day) Saturday - Sunday: 12pm - 8pm Monday - Friday: Closed

August 26th - Sept. 2nd (Labor Day) Monday - Friday: Closed Sunday: 12pm - 8pm

August 26th - Sept. 2nd (Labor day) Monday - Friday: Closed Saturday - Sunday: 10am - 8pm

Exception: Mon., Sept. 2nd (Labor Day)

Exception: Mon., Sept. 2nd (Labor Day)

Exception: Mon., Sept. 2nd (Labor Day)

Exception: Mon., Sept. 2nd (Labor Day)


Last Day of Pool Season September 2nd

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

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


Last Day of Pool Season September 2nd


Last Day of Pool Season September 2nd

10am - 8pm 10am - 8pm Closed


Last Day of Pool Season September 2nd

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

Shadow Creek Summer Swim Team

Ages 6-12. Join the Summer Swim Team. First practice: Saturday, June 15. Last day Saturday, July 20. To be eligible for the team, a swimmer must be able to swim one length of the pool (25 yards). The team is for developing current swimmers. No tryouts for the team. Details and registration at SHADOW CREEK RANCH HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION


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Shadow Creek Ranch Pawz 4 the Clawz Pictures from Chalmette Ray President of Pawz 4 The Clawz SCR pet club.

Christmas Pet Party December 15th

Nina is waiting to go to the first Shadow Creek Ranch Pet Party.

Here Jack poses with his owner. Jack was adopted and came all the way from Mexico to enjoy life in Shadow Creek Ranch.

First attendees and from left to right we have King the bishon frise. Frappy the poodle, Nina the coton de tulear and Buttercup the collier. These guys and gals had a ball eating apple popsicles, peanut butter gingerbread men and cheese biscuits while dancing to some tunes in their own way.

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Here Buttercup (the collier) is chatting with some of the party attendees. She is a rescue dog with such a graceful presence

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Bridgette (the Boston Terrier) poses wiht her owner in her Christmas gown.


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2nd Annual Manvel HS CTE Job Shadowing Day a Big Success


Manvel High School’s CTE Department participated in the National Ground Hog Job Shadowing Day on Feb. 1. This year marked the second year for CTE Job Shadowing Day, and it was a huge success. 131 students job shadowed professionals in varying careers such as neurosurgery at the medical center, teaching in local schools, and owners of neighborhood businesses. Manvel High’s CTE Department Chair, LaKisha Holloway was pleased and excited with the community’s participation in the event and plans to include more and more community members in the future.

POOLS AND TENNIS COURT PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN THIS FORM WITH FEE TO: Shadow Creek Ranch Maintenance Association c/o Association Management, Inc. 12234 Shadow Creek Parkway, Suite #3114 Pearland., Texas 77584 Please make your check payable to: SCRMA (1) A $10 NON-REFUNDABLE FEE IS REQUIRED FOR EACH ACCESS CARD (2) ADDITIONAL OR REPLACEMENT CARDS ARE $10 EACH. (3) LOST CARDS ARE IMMEDIATELY DE-ACTIVATED. Please note: Before we can issue amenities access cards, the Association must have proof of ownership of property within the community. The Association may not receive closing information from the title companies for approximately 60 days (or longer) following closing. In order to expedite receipt of your access cards, we recommend you also submit a copy of your closing statement along with this application. Each card allows three (3) people in the gate.

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Brazoria County Municipal Utility District No. 26 General Information Please see the website,, for dates, times, and locations of upcoming meetings. 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.


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. Request from Pearland Police Honor Guard As you know, the MUD hires off duty Pearland Police Officers for patrol in our community. The Pearland Police Department Honor Guard wants to participate in the ceremonial duties occurring at National Police Week in Washington D.C. from May 12 – 18, 2013, to memorialize and honor fellow police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty, and requests individual donations to assist in the costs associated with travel and accommodations for the participating officers. If you are interesting in making a donation, please send individual donations to Pearland Police Officers Association, Attn: Honor Guard, 2555 Cullen Boulevard, Pearland, TX 77581.

Brazoria-Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 1 General Information The Boards of Directors of MUD 1 and Brazoria County MUD No. 26’s joint website,, is live and includes posted agendas for Board meetings and approved minutes. MUD 1 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 new 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 the new website if you need confirmation of a Board meeting.

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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.

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SCR are you ready for the Walk of the Year? Come join us for an organizational meeting on April 2nd, at 6:30 pm at Emerald Bay Clubhouse. We are organizing a community charity walk to raise awareness and funds for four amazing causes all on one day! We will walk for the American Heart Association, Breast Cancer, American Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s. Walkers can chose to walk for all charities or the charity of choice. It is going to be amazing! Our Goal is 10k walkers!


Request from Pearland Police Honor Guard The Pearland Police Department Honor Guard desires to participate in the ceremonial duties occurring at National Police Week in Washington D.C. from May 12 – 18, 2013, to memorialize and honor fellow police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty, and requests individual donations to assist in the costs associated with travel and accommodations for the participating officers. Please send individual donations to Pearland Police Officers Association, Attn: Honor Guard, 2555 Cullen Boulevard, Pearland, TX 77581.


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Alvin ISD School Board Election Set for May 11 The Alvin ISD School Board Election will be held on May 11, and the following positions are up for election this year: Position 4 held by Tiffany Wennerstrom, and Position 5 held by Eddie Martinez. Wennerstrom and Martinez have both filed for re-election of their current positions. To date, the only other individual who has filed to run is Nicole Tonini of Pearland. Tonini has filed to run against Martinez for Position 5. To be eligible for election, a local school board candidate must be 1) a qualified and registered voter 2) a resident of the Alvin ISD for six months before the filing deadline (March 1, 2013), and 3) a resident of Texas for 12 months before the filing deadline. School district trustees are elected by popular vote, and serve three-year staggered terms so that the entire board is not up for election at the same time. School board members receive no compensation. Early voting in the school board election begins on Monday, April 29, and continues until Tuesday, May 7 at locations throughout Brazoria County. The key roles and responsibilities of the school board are to ensure creation of a vision and goals for the district, and evaluate district success; adopt policies that guide district actions, oversee and evaluate the superintendent’s progress and success; approve annual budgets consistent with the vision of the district; and communicate the district’s vision and success to the community. For more information about the school board election, contact the school district offices at 281-388-1130. 1.07.13_EstatePlanningNewsletter.pdf



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Shadow Creek Ranch Landscaping Guidelines Owners are responsible for landscaping all areas on their property and the portion of the street right of way between the property line and the street curb. Plantings other than groundcovers and low growing ornamentals between the street curb and the paved sidewalk is discouraged in order to preserve adequate sight lines for motorists. Automatic irrigation systems for all residential lots is encouraged, but not required. Installation of all landscaping must occur immediately upon occupancy of the house or within 30 days after completion of construction, whichever occurs first. Installation of landscaping, including materials and workmanship, must be in conformance with acceptable industry standards.

Front Yards- All Lots All lots shall have a minimum number of trees from Appendix A-1D located in the front yards. Refer to the lot size breakdown that follows for specific minimum requirements. Please visit under ARC APPLICATION tab to view full list of approved landscaping and images.


Prepare your favorite cake mix according to the directions on the package. Bake 2 (9-inch) round cakes. Leave 1 cake whole. Cut remaining cake layer into 3 pieces as shown. The bowtie is the center of the cake and the remaining two pieces are the ears! Frost as you please to make your own “favorite� rabbit. Several decorating ideas include using black and red licorice strings, round junior mints, white mints, skittles, etc. Simple canned white frosting, coconut, and food coloring finish of your special bunny!



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FITNESS TIPS by Laura Bradley, A.C.E. Personal Trainer

There are countless books, articles, videos, and web sites that can guide us on how to lose weight and get in shape. You would think that we would be the fittest generation in the world. However, statistically, obesity in America has steadily increased to 60 million Americans 20 years and older. In addition, 9 million children and teens ages 6-19 are already overweight.

Fiber attaches to fat in the blood stream before the fat is stored as fat and takes it out of the body in the form of waste. Eat more vegetables and whole grains. The body’s ‘survival mode’ will instigate water retention if enough water is not consumed on a daily basis. Plan ahead. Meals, as well as exercise, should be planned ahead. Best intentions fail due to lack of planning.

As in many things, it’s about getting back to the basics. I would like to give you some ‘food for thought’ as you focus on your health.

Control your thoughts? The biggest obstacle to living a healthy lifestyle is between your ears. One thought can change your emotions, what you do and where you go. It’s up to you to choose what you allow to go through your mind 24/7.

* More calories burned than taken in equals weight loss. Start moving even if it’s simply taking a brisk walk. Fat in food stores as fat in the body. Protein and carbohydrates in food that are not used up as energy within a day are stored by the body as fat. Pay attention to food labels.

I would suggest starting a health lifestyle by paying attention to what thoughts go through your mind every second of the day. Start setting boundaries. You control what goes in your mouth, what direction your feet take and the thoughts that make you who you are. No matter where you are in life, learn to value yourself through your own eyes and Laura Bradley, A.C.E. Personal Trainer not through the eyes of others.

The body has its own ‘survival mode’. If the body does not get enough calories (energy) to function properly, it will see itself in a state of starvation and store all food you eat as fat and cause your body’s metabolism (speed at which calories are used up) to slow down. Eat a healthy snack between meals like fruit and nuts and do NOT skip meals.



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Shadow Creek Ranch Residents Come join your neighbors and Let’s have Crawfish! The Pearland Convention, Visitors Bureau and Shadow Creek Ranch present the Pearland Crawfish Festival at Shadow Creek Ranch! The event will be located on our 50-acre lot between SCR Parkway and Broadway. Friday & Saturday 11am – 10 pm and Sunday 11am – 6pm Admission is $7 Adults or $18 for a 3-day pass. Children 12- under and active military with ID are free. Swamp Shack Catering will be serving fresh Gulf Coast crawfish at multiple stations throughout the festival. There will be live music including Zydeco, Country, and Classic Rock along with sounds from the Houston Blues Society. There will also be costumed performers, activities, crawfish races, eating contests and more. Performers will mingle with crowds. Visit numerous arts and crafts vendors. A children area will provide plenty of activities and fun for the kids. Happy World has a slew of amusement rides and games planned for all!

See Everyone at the Festival!



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Please join us for our 3rd Annual Spring Fling! Come and meet your neighbors and enjoy free snow cones, snacks, face painting, egg hunts and petting zoo! Tell the kids to bring their dancing shoes music will be provided by one of our own amazing Disney DJ’s!

10505 Broadway St, Pearland, TX 77584 Date: 04/13/2013 & 04/20/2013 Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm Children 4 Tomorrow’s mission and heart is for all children to grow up and thrive as adults that are mentally and emotionally healthy and to develop an awareness of emotional abuse. Our organization centers on helping children who have endured mental and emotional abuse receive sound counseling and adequate advocacy on their behalf. We strive to achieve these things through providing financial support to children in need of professional counseling and professional legal services.

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For inquiries Please call or e-mail Phone: 832-288-5757 Items Needed Clothes, Shoes, Belts Purses, Linens and Backpacks Items Needed Clothes, Shoes, Belts, Purses, Linens and Backpacks If you are interested in being a Sponsor for the Event, please contact Brenda at by Monday April 19, 2013. All businesses will have the opportunity to place signage and a booth if desired.



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Are You Getting Ready for the 2013 Shadow Creek Ranch Triatholon - July 14, 2013 The 2nd Annual Shadow Creek Ranch Triathlon returns to our community on Sunday, July 15th. In the first year, we had 650 athletes from around greater Houston competing in the race, many of which are your neighbors. They also had over 100 volunteers, also many of which live in Shadow Creek Ranch. This year, they are expecting over 800 athletes to race this sprint distance event. The race hub is the Reflection Bay water park parking lot. The race benefits the American Diabetes Association. They are actively seeking volunteers for both Saturday set up and Sunday race day. You can visit for more information. Let’s show off our community and show how much we care. Lend a hand if you can.

Over 2,500 Participanted in 2012! Visit us at for more information

Alvin ISD hosted the Annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Show Open House at Manvel High School. Students from every school in the District submitted artwork which was judged privately by a team from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Winning pieces will be judged once more, along with artwork from other school districts in the spring during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Best of Show winners were Yaeji Lee, twelfth grade student at Manvel High School, Christine Estrada, an eighth grader at Alvin Junior High School, and Garrett Sassin, a third grade student at Yeaji Lee- HS BEST OF SHOW Savannah Lakes Elementary. Gold Medal winners were Regina Gomez, tenth grader at Alvin High School, Alina Tonu, twelfth grader at Manvel High School, Xochitl Cerda, an eighth grade student at Alvin Junior High School and Shannon Graybill, fifth grader at Alvin Elementary. Special Merit was awarded to Manvel High School tenth grade students Jeanna Escobar and Aaron Knight.

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Teachers of the students include Ann Newlin and Drew Bettge of Manvel High School, Anne Mabry and Scott Burns of Alvin High School, Karen Ender of Alvin Junior High School, Michael Somers of Alvin Elementary, and Jenny Koch of Savannah Lakes Elementary. “Everyone involved worked extremely hard in preparation for the art show. We are very proud of our students and staff for being dedicated and working tirelessly. Congratulations to all of the students who placed. This competition is just one of the many things that we do with our students throughout the year to enhance their understanding and love for the arts,” said LaKeisha McGowen, Alvin ISD coordinator of fine arts.



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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Cancer Institute, nearly 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year and 49,000 will die of this disease. Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers; yet, it is the second leading cancer killer of men and women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate as many as 60% of all colorectal cancer deaths could be avoided if everyone age 50 and over were screened for the disease. Sadly, only about one-third of eligible Texans, regardless of insurance status, get the recommended screenings that could save their lives. Everyone should strive to adopt the tips outlined below to lower one’s risk of this disease.

10 tips to cut your risk of colorectal cancer: (National Institutes of Health)

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Know whether colorectal cancer runs in your family and discuss it with your health care provider Get a baseline colonoscopy starting at age 50, earlier if family history of colon cancer Don’t drink alcohol excessively Quit smoking and other tobacco use Limit amount of red meat in your diet Eat at least 6 servings of fruits and vegetables daily Eat 100% whole grain foods Be physically active (enough to raise your heart rate) for at least 30 minutes daily Maintain a healthy weight and regularly check your BMI score Eat fish with omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon

Every year, nearly 14,000 Harris County residents are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 3,000 Texans die of the disease. Each year, Hope Through Grace asks friends, family, businesses and community members to show their commitment by participating in or pledging their support at our annual “On the Move- Stamping Out Colorectal Cancer” Walk-A-Thon. It is easy to do–form a team, join a team, or pledge your support on line. Create your own web page on the HTG web site. We will walk in honor or in remembrance of those we know and love who have been impacted by colorectal cancer. There is no limit to how long or how far you walk in the 5K Walk and all who participate will receive a splendid HTG t-shirt as a memento. The Walk-a-thon is an event the whole family can enjoy with games, food, silent auction and entertainment. To register, volunteer or to donate visit: For further information, call 713.668.4673 (HOPE) or email at “YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE”

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group on their progress. This program also works when the police go to public groups and organizations and make them aware of specific criminal activities, or the needs of the police department.

Neighborhood Watch According the Pearland Police Department website, the Neighborhood Watch Program is organized to enable the police and the community to work together to make specific geographical areas more crime resistant to reduce crime. It is a citizen involvement, neighborhood and community-based effort, designed to help citizens and the police department in preventing primarily residential burglaries.

Helpful Tips: • LOCK YOUR CAR • At home or on the road, keep valuables out of plain sight • Secure purses, computers, GPS systems, radar detectors, mp3 players, etc in the home or in the trunk • Bags, briefcases or backpacks make tempting targets for car burglars; don’t leave them in the car. • Don’t trust that window tint will keep your valuables hidden • Citizens should call the police when they see any suspicious persons, activity or circumstance. Unfamiliar vehicles parked for extended periods of time or persons driving slowly through neighborhoods are incidents worth calling the police.

Shadow Creek Ranch HOA would like to encourage its residents to communicate with your local Police Officers in continuing to make Shadow Creek Ranch a safe place to live. Pearland Police Department goes on to say that a Watch can be organized around any geographic area. Police departments across the country are learning that community participation in anti-crime programs is crucial. One of the most effective ways to promote citizen interaction with police is the sharing of information. Citizen groups determine specific needs or problems and then share this information with local police. The police then act on this information and report back to the SHADOW SHADOWCREEK CREEKRANCH RANCHHOMEOWNERS HOMEOWNERSASSOCIATION ASSOCIATION

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NO ANIMAL HUSBANDRY ALLOWED IN SHADOW CREEK RANCH Section 21. Animals. No animals of any kind shall be raised, bred, or kept on any Lot or Tract except in compliance with all ordinances of the City of Pearland. Animal Control - Dogs and cats must be licensed. Licenses are available at the Animal Control office at 2002 Old Alvin Road. Pearland has a leash law for dogs and cats. 281-652-1970



Why is the City conducting this pilot program? The purpose of the pilot program is to determine whether cart recycling will increase tonnage collected in the pilot areas and increase the amount diverted from the landfill through recycling. This information, along with customer feedback, will aid in determining cart capacity needs for the future and whether to expand the program city-wide. Where do I place the cart for service? • The carts should be placed on the street/curb by 7:00 a.m. on your recycling day • The front of the cart should face the street (handle/wheels are on the back side of the cart). • All recyclable materials must be in the cart with the lid closed. Only recyclable materials in the cart will be picked up. How were the pilot areas selected? Areas were chosen to provide a variety of “tests.” Older and newer neighborhoods, east and west, neighborhoods with open ditches and neighborhoods with curbs, and small and larger families were selected. Feedback from the variety of areas will help the City address issues during the program and to determine the success of the program. Which areas are participating in the pilot program? Green Tee, areas of Shadow Creek Ranch, Cypress Village, and West Oaks are participating neighborhoods. Is there a cost to the participants in the pilot program? The program will be conducted at no additional charge. How big is the cart? The cart is 96-gallons. The outside dimensions are 43” tall x 29” wide x 33” deep. Why are we using this size cart? 96-gallon cart provides more capacity for recycling. The feedback we receive from you during the pilot program will assist the City in determining the size cart to recommend for a city-wide curbside cart recycling program if recommended following the pilot program. How does recycling impact me? Participation in recycling reduces the amount of trash sent to the landfill, which affects the service provider’s rates. An increase in recycling will reduce the amount of trash deposited in the landfill and landfill disposal costs. What day will the curbside recycling cart be serviced? The day for service will remain your current recycling day. There is no change as well as no change to other garbage services including: garbage, bulk waste, and green waste. Do I need to bag my recyclable items? No, simply place recyclables in the cart with the lid closed. Who can I call if I have a question or suggestion? For more information on the pilot cart-recycling program visit www.cityof, or call City of Pearland at 281.652.1604.



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To help maintain water quality in the lakes, there are over 50 floating fountains which provide circulation, aeration and aesthetics. There are also a total of over 200 underwater lights to illuminate the fountains at night.

Lakes of Shadow Creek Ranch by Mac McCune

Due to the detention aspect of the lake system, incoming runoff water helps to keep bottom sediments in suspension giving the water a turbid appearance. During periods of no rainfall, some of the larger particles may settle to the bottom improving clarity. The application of lake dye can help mask the turbidity while giving the water a pleasant blueish color. However, it is very expensive to dye and the longevity, again, due to detention, can be short-lived especially with our erratic weather.

Shadow Creek Ranch (SCR) is an urban waterfront community with 19 lakes and ponds. Although aesthetics of the water is important, the primary purpose of these lakes and ponds is for flood control, commonly known as detention. Therefore, certain design features have been incorporated to insure adequate control of runoff water during rainfall events.

The lakes are maintained weekly by Lake Management Services, L.P., who has been in business for over 30 years and maintains many other waterfront communities in the Greater Houston area. Each visit, the service crew, comprising of a foreman, a licensed applicator and a certified fountain repair technician, inspects the lakes performing various water quality tests, cleaning and repairing fountains, replacing light bulbs, applying chemicals, monitoring the water wells and reporting pumpage to the Brazoria County Groundwater Conservation District.

There is a total of 190 surface acres of water with an average depth of six (6) feet for a total of 1,140 acre-feet of water approximately 370 million gallons of water. Water lost to daily evaporation and normal seepage is replenished by makeup water wells which provides groundwater directly to the lakes. Lake water is also used to irrigate the common grounds of the community. Due to certain groundwater restrictions regulated by the State, the water from the wells is purchased by SCR and, although less expensive than potable district water, is costly and will continue to become more and more expensive as the push for reducing our dependency on groundwater and converting to surface water ramps up. Therefore, it is important to conserve water as much as possible.

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City of Pearland News Volunteer Opportunities Pearland is a dynamic and growing community with many opportunities for residents to “get involved” in activities that enhance the community. Volunteer contributions are a value-added enhancement to City services and provide the volunteer with a unique perspective of City government Mayor Tom Reid and non-profit organizations. Volunteers have an opportunity to discover new interests, meet new people, and develop new skills.

assist in education, identification and notification. As part of training, the group attends 6 hours of classes over a three-week period at various times throughout the year, focusing on City code of ordinances and violations. Pearland Recently rated one of the safest cities in the U.S. By Kristi Nix Pearland was recently rated as one of the safest cities in the United States. Of the top 50 cities, Pearland was ranked No. 48, making it one of five Texas cities on the list according to “Congressional Quarterly,” a Washington D.C. publication that releases a list of the nation’s safest cities once each year. Pearland Mayor Tom Reid said he was proud to know Pearland was among the top tier cities on the list and praised the work of local law enforcement.

Assignments can be made available on a long and short term basis depending on the needs of the department and volunteer. Your volunteer services are greatly appreciated.

“Pearland’s star is definately on the rise,” Reid said when contacted by The Journal. “Being rated as among the safest cities speaks very highly of our city. The quality of our Police Department and

Volunteer opportunities include: Animal Control The City of Pearland Animal Control & Adoption Center is seeking volunteers to walk dogs, help with cats and other animals, assist with off-site adoptions, help residents search for lost pets, take photos of animals in need of a home, clean Adoption Center facilities, and more. Citizen’s Police Academy Have you ever wondered,“Why do officer’s do that?” Would you like to gain working knowledge of the duties of a police officer? Students will receive instruction on Thursday nights from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on the different aspects of policing. Course topics include the police hiring process, Penal Code and Transportation Code, Arrest Procedures and Crash Investigation. There is no cost to attend and graduates become part of the Pearland Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (PCPAAA). Department.

“Pearland’s star is definately on the rise,” Reid said when contacted by The Journal. “Being rated as among the safest cities speaks very highly of our city.”

the individual men and women who work to keep our city safe have helped to accomplish that. We also have a very active and committed Citizens Police Academy and neighborhood crime watch program which has also contributed to our success as a community.” Other cities among the top 50 were Allen, which ranked No.18; Frisco ranked as No. 30 and Round Rock as No. 47.

Pearland Volunteer Firefighter You could be part of a brave team. The Pearland Fire Department (PFD) is always recruiting individuals who have a commitment to the community and can contribute the time to become a professional-class volunteer firefighter. . Visit for more information.

Sugar Land was ranked No. 20 and joined Pearland as the only two Houston-area cities to be placed among the top 50. League City was ranked as No. 68. College Station was No. 108 and Pasadena made it to the list at No. 206. The list was based on a comparison of cities with populations of 75,000 or more using crime data reports released by the F.B.I. in six categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft.

Parks and Recreation Volunteers are invited to help with various stewardship activities in city parks, trails, and natural areas. Activities vary by season, and training and tools will be provided, so no prior experience is needed, only the desire to help. Opportunities are available in all neighborhoods, and many activities are great for large groups, families, or youth groups with adult supervisors. Volunteers can also support the City of Pearland Parks & Recreation special events.

According to the F.B.I.’s most recent Uniform Crime Report, Pearland’s overall violent crime rate decreased 2.4 percent in 2011 going from 128 incidents reported in 2010 to 125 in 2011. The murder rate declined from three reported incidents in 2010 to two in 2011. The number of robberies remained the same with 29 incidents reported both years. Overall, property crimes decreased slightly going from 1,734 reported incidents in 2010 to 1726 in 2011.

Keep Pearland Beautiful Keep Pearland Beautiful is always looking for volunteers to serve in a number of volunteer capacities. Visit the Keep Pearland Beautiful Web site to sign up or email them at

The only significant increase noted was the number of motor vehicle thefts which rose roughly 27.7 percent, going from 83 reports in 2010 to 106 in 2011. The number of burglaries showed a slight increase of 1.2 percent with 327 incidents reported in 2010 and 331 in 2011.

Eyes of Pearland The Eyes of Pearland could use a few more “eyes.” The volunteer citizens group, The Eyes of Pearland, assists the City in identifying current and potential health code violations. In the awareness program, volunteers do not perform enforcement, but instead SHADOW CREEK RANCH HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

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INSPECTIONS 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, but you can find a complete list of deed restrictions at:

• 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. (Please call the non-emergency line at the City of Pearland Police Dept. to report boats and cars parked in the street at 281-997-4100. • Holiday Decorations 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 (City of Pearland Animal Control 281-652-1970), or your neighbor’s cars are blocking your driveway, please call the City of Pearland Police Dept. at 281-997-4100 and if it is an emergency do not hesitate to call 911.

Did You Know

How to Obtain a Resale Certificate? Visit Click on Owner Advantage/Resale Certificates/Mortgage Questionnaires Tab

SCR Important Facts Shadow Creek ranch offers 22 miles of scenic hike and bike trails Shadow Creek Ranch has 300 acres of glistening lakes and fountains 1/3 of all homes are Waterfront property Shadow Creek Ranch is a 3,500 acre laked themed Master Planned Community The Association has four recreation centers with various themes for the enjoyment of the entire family. Pearland 2012 population was 91,252. Population growth of 113.65 percent! Pearland Westside Library is scheduled to open in June! Meet your neighbors at one of our organized social clubs: Pet, Tennis, Basketball, Swim, Salsa, Soccer, Fitness and several more! SHADOW CREEK RANCH HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION


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The Village of Biscayne Bay Recreation Center

Shadow Creek Ranch keeps getting better! Already the envy of other Master Planned Communities, Shadow Creek is putting the finishing touches on the fourth recreation center. This amazing facility will be located on Windward Bay Drive at Biscayne Bay Drive. The Village of Biscayne Bay Recreation Center will feature a resort pool area with wading pool, a two lane lap pool, a splash pad, playground, putting green and a sand volleyball court. The new facility promises to give residents an entertainment option during the Summer and accommodate our growing community. The center will open Summer 2013. For additional information visit us at


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