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Volume 27, Number 10

Gourmet Club

Roasted Baby Potatoes with Herbs

December 2013 / January 2014

Bay Forest Community Association News www.BayForest.info

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You're Invited... Invited... You're

Bay Forest Forest Family Family Holiday Holiday Party Party Bay

December 15 15 •• 2-4:00 2-4:00 pm pm December Willow Shores Shores Park Park Willow

Bring a dish to share. Bring a snack to share.

More info on Page 8 More info on Page 6

School News Page 11

Community News Page 17

from the Bay Forest News Family! The Bay Forest News exists solely on the support it receives from its local advertisers. During the holidays and throughout the new year, please return the favor by patronizing these establishments. Without them, this publication would not be possible. Thank You & Happy Holidays!

Monthly Board of Directors Meetings

Meetings of the BFCA Board of Directors are held on the third Monday of each month, January through November, at 6:00 pm. Meetings are open to all Bay Forest homeowners and held at the Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, 1511 El Dorado Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77062. To reach the “Bay Forest Community Manager,” email Manager@bayforest.info or call 832.224.6446. The new mailing address for the Bay Forest Community Association is 15715 Lake Lodge Drive, Houston, Texas 77062.

November 2013 Board Meeting

A regular meeting of the Bay Forest Community Association (BFCA) Board of Directors was convened on September 18, 2013, at the Clear Lake Presbyterian Church. Board members in attendance were Tom Camp, Gene Fisseler, John Haas, Barbara McCollum, and Dan Pias. The Board elected the following Directors to serve in these roles: • Dan Pias, President • Gene Fisseler, Vice President • Secretary, John Haas • Treasurer, Barbara McCollum • Director, Tom Camp The Directors agreed to assume the following liaison/oversight responsibilities through November, 2014. • Dan Pias – Management Oversight; Realtor Advisory Committee; Web Site Oversight, ARC Committee • Gene Fisseler – Trash Service Oversight; Community Watch; Parking & Traffic Committee, Long Range Planning • Barbara McCollum – ACLC/Super Neighborhood; Nominating Committee • John Haas - Social Committee, Yard of the Month, Tennis, Nominating Committee • Tom Camp – Pool; Nominating Committee The board reviewed and reaffirmed dues collection procedures. Annual assessment notices were mailed out in early November. Payment is due and payable on January 1, 2014, and late on January 15, 2014. The 2014 Annual Assessment amount is $700 (up $20 per year over 2013). Details and payment options are posted at www.bayforest.info. For more information regarding BFCA activities and meeting, please visit our web site at, www.bayforest.info. Dan Pias, President BFCA (BFCA continued on page 3)


Thank You... for your wonderful support on choosing me to be your neighborhood realtor helping to make Bay Forest the #1 most loved neighborhood!

Believe...God's favor is with you... Just ask and keep

believing!!! Merry Christmas and very special miracles are on their way for you!!! (Just make sure you are watching for them.) Your Friend and Realtor, Edrina

Call for a list of Contractors

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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS... 16010 GREENWOOD PINES DRIVE – VALUE: $388,000* A Must See Bay Forest 2 Story, 4 Bdrms, 3.5 Baths!

*REDUCED $16,900! Allowing for additional updates. LUXURY ESTATES-CUSTOM HOME with soaring ceilings in family room with wall of windows overlook resurfaced pool & covered patio. Updated kitchen with gas cook top, high-ceiling with beaded board-silestone counters. Breakfast featuring wall of windows overlooking pool. Master Bath completely updated /porte chere/across from serene Nature Park. Roof 2003(2012-hvac-duct work-dehumidifier, Nutone Intercom) (2011-Master Bath)


Neighborhood News Recycling Service

If you are interested in our rear door pick-up recycling service – paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and metal – for less than $3 per month, contact AmeriWaste at 281-331-8400. For a minimal one-time fee, AmeriWaste will deliver to your home a rolling recycling bin with hinged cover. The blue bins have replaced the older, smaller open bins.

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Tennis Court Key Deposit Refunds

Holiday Cash Loan

Over the years, some homeowners have paid deposits (in varying amounts) to obtain a tennis court key. Since we have installed electronic locks on the tennis courts – there is no longer a need for the keys. If you paid a deposit for your key – we want to give your deposit back to you. All you need to get a refund is your key and the deposit receipt. If you cannot locate your deposit receipt, we will be glad to accept your word and the key to receive the return of a $10 deposit. After December 7th, no further refunds will be made and any remaining key deposit funds will be transferred into the tennis court maintenance account. Refunds will be conducted at our community pool facility at 15715 Lake Lodge. Saturday, December 7, 2013 10:00 am to 12:00 pm If you have any questions, please contact 832.224.6446 or manager@bayforest.info.

Up to $2000 for 10 months November 1st - December 31st* *APR=Annual Percentage Rate, based upon credit qualifications. Rate and term subject to change without notice. A fixed-rate loan for $2,000.00 based on a 6.50% APR paid over 10 months would have 10 monthly payments of $206.02. We do business in accordance with Federal Fair Lending Laws

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Since 1982 We’ve Successfully Satisfied Our Customers With Over 120,000 Service Calls!

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The annual assessment amount is payable in full on January 1, 2014 and late on January 15, 2014. Payments after January 15, 2014 are subject to a penalty fee of $100. Please save yourself and your Association money and effort by getting your assessment paid by the deadline.

If you have any questions or need to discuss paying your assessment, please contact us at 832.224.6446 or manager@bayforest.info. Your Board of Directors Bay Forest Community Association

100%

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The Annual Assessment

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You can – 1. Pay electronically by going to http://hoa.tv/F641I to pay your assessment on-line directly to our bank.

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Neighborhood News Bay Forest Service Providers Bay Forest Partners

Below are service providers that give special discounts or services to Bay Forest homeowners. They do not "pay" to be listed. They must provide a discount directly to all Bay Forest Homeowners AND they must provide great service. If you use one of these providers (or any provider) please take the time to grade their services and provide feedback to your neighbors.

Reviews

Have you had a good experience with a vendor or local business recently? Have a bad experience that you want to share to keep others from making the same mistake? Post your reviews of local businesses, entertainment, dining and more. NOTE: The companies listed here have been placed here by Bay Forest homeowners. Service Providers cannot pay to have their company listed. This list is truly reviews and recommendations by your neighbors. The views expressed in this section are strictly that of each individual reviewer.

Top Categories

• Carpet Cleaners • Concrete Work (Drives, Patios, Sidewalks) • Electricians • Fence Building and Repair • Flooring • Granite Countertops • Grills, Fireplaces & Outdoor Kitchens • Heating & A/C • Home Improvement and Handyman Services • Landscaping • Painters • Pest Control • Plumbers • Roofing • Security Services • Siding, Windows, Exterior • Swimming Pool Construction and Service • Swimming Pool Replastering • Technology Support (computers, home networks, cell phones, etc.)

My Flooring Source:

305 S Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7373 • www.myflooringsource.net Average Rating: 5 stars! (1 Review) Last Review: 5/3/2012 Flooring Source put in our wood floors in 2008 and tile floors in 2012. They are extremely professional and show up when promised. Our wood floors are just gorgeous, and they did an excellent job of tearing up the old carpet, leveling the floor/slab, and installing. The tile job was a bit messier, just because of the dust that is created. But they did an excellent tear out and install, and even put in a nice transition with my kitchen tile using smaller cut squares and triangles. The have a nice showroom on Friendswood. Very nice staff.

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Bay Forest Yard of the Month Selecting the Yard of the Month for Bay Forest is a fun, but difficult job. We have so many beautiful yards in our neighborhood! Thank you all for all the effort you put into keeping your yards looking so wonderful. Even this time of year we found several beautiful yards, but two rose above the rest. Congratulations to: Joyce and Al Bowman at 15714 Hillside Falls Trail, and Christine and Ulf Hoffman at 2102 Cherrytree Ridge.

15714 Hillside Falls Trail The Bowmans have a steep, shallow front yard which they have basically terraced for a tremendous amount of texture and detail. A narrow strip of grass near the street rises up to a flower bed filled with cheerful yellow Mums, colorful Petunias and purple Shamrock plants. Another narrow strip of lawn separates the flowers from a raised bed of shrubs. Ligustrum rises above Pittosporum and Knock-out Roses, creating a

very structured and layered garden. But this formality is not without its fun... a large topiary basket filled with metal flowers rests next to their garage. While most of the detail in this corner yard is at the front of the house, there is a line of Crape Myrtle along the side of the house that looks spectacular in June.

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Bay Forest Yard of the Month

Hoffman at 2102 Cherrytree Ridge Spring is in full bloom this month in the relaxed front yard of Christine and Ulf Hoffman. We had to check the calendar when we saw Azaleas and Roses in full bloom on Cherrytree Ridge! Encore Azaleas frame the house in pink, and a long bed of blooming roses leads the driveway to the garage. Ligustrum trees flanking the front door and two large Pine trees provide structure for this exuberant garden. Brick borders for the raised flower beds manage to contain the lush Lantanas and ferns. The large Pine in the front lawn is ringed by graceful ornamental grasses, and beautifully showcases their decorative house number sign. Don't be frightened to come and look at this house, the carved wooden bear on the front porch is really quite friendly.

We will be driving around next month looking for the best Holiday decorations in Bay Forest. If you know of a house (maybe even yours?) that you feel deserves consideration, please don't just wish... send a nomination to greatyards@bayforest. info. We really appreciate your nominations! We are looking for a few people to join our committee and help us to select the best of the best. If you are interested, please let us know by sending an email to greatyards@bayforest.info.

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Neighborhood News Bay Forest Gourmet Club As temperatures drop below 40ᵒ, can the holiday party be far behind? This year, in keeping with the theme of wine regions of the world, our Christmas locale will be France. French wines have always been thought of as the cream-of-the crop, and they have the unique distinction of being named after their region of origin (Burgundy, Bordeaux, etc.), while wines from elsewhere are named after their grape variety. At the time of this writing the menu had not been finalized, but here is a recipe from last year. Meanwhile, since our last party in October, we continued the “Gourmet November Birthday Girls” tradition with a lunch at Big Daddy’s Gumbo in League City.

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Roasted Baby Potatoes with Herbs Serves: 10

• 1 pound small red-skinned potatoes (about 1¾ inch diameter), scrubbed • 1 pound small white-skinned potatoes (about 1¾ inch diameter), scrubbed • 2 tablespoon herbes de Provence, plus extra for garnish • 6 cloves garlic, minced • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Make your reservations at

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Put the potatoes into a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk the herbs, garlic, and oil together until blended, and then pour over the potatoes. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Transfer the potatoes to a large rimmed baking sheet spacing them evenly apart. Roast the potatoes until they are tender and golden, turning them occasionally with tongs, about 1 hour. Transfer the roasted potatoes to a decorative platter and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and herbes de Provence, if desired. Serve hot or warm. Source: www.foodnetwork.com Giada de Laurentis.

Bay Forest Tennis

Bay Forest Men’s Tennis League plays on Wednesday evenings. “A” league contact: Greg Blackburn at 281-480-8280 “B” league contact: Russ Hall at 281-486-4052 Bay Forest Women’s Tennis League plays on Monday evenings. Contact Pam Doty at pamdoty@gmail.com or 281-286-7471.

ABE’S CAJUN MARKET & CAFÉ

COMPLIMENTARY APPETIZER ~ after 5 pm ~ Limit one per couple BAY FOREST NEWS DECEMBER 2013 / JANUARY 2014

Located on Clear Lake City Blvd. East of Hwy. 3 and I45S. ABE’S CAJUN MARKET AND CAFÉ 1080 Clear Lake City Blvd. • Houston, Texas 77062

281.480.ABES ( 2 2 3 7 ) For more info call or visit us online:

www.abescajunmarket.com

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Neighborhood News Bay Forest Family Holiday Party On Dasher, On Dancer, On Prancer and Vixen... Come meet Santa Claus at the Bay Forest Family Holiday Party! Sunday, December 15, 2013 2:00 - 4:00 pm Willow Shores Park 2012

Everyone is welcome! Of course, Santa Claus is the main attraction, but we'll have crafts and games for the kids to play too. Each family is asked to bring a snack to share. Additional important information on how to ensure that Santa has a gift for your child will be distributed through the Mommies Group e-mail. If you are not in this e-mail group it is very important that you contact Anita Burns (even last minute) for specific information on party activities. We do not want any children to be disappointed because Santa didn't know they were coming. This is very important! Santa never wants to miss a child, and the elves don't pack spare gifts!

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2427 Bay Area Blvd Houston, TX 77058

281.480.5388 Fax 281.480.5654

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Residential & Commercial

Skeeter Braun Discount with this coupon from the Bay Forest News

281-480-9900

For more information please contact: Anita Burns 281-282-9889 anitacburns@earthlink.net Meanwhile, to help get into the Christmas Spirit, here are some pictures from last year's party for you to enjoy.

2012

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Neighborhood News

James

CROWDER

Crime Watch:

Stay up-to-date with your neighbors on the community website www.bayforest.info.

CRIME REPORT – November 2013 11/9 11/15 11/12 11/11

Burglary Motor Vehicle Burglary Habitation Burglary Habitation Burglary Habitation

1500 Almond Brook 15900 Clearcrest 1700 Diamond Brook 16300 Dunmoor

Funeral Homes Serving the entire

Residence/House Residence/House Residence/House Residence/House

Includes: Bayforest/ Brookforest / Northfork / Bay Oaks This data is not the official crime statistics for the Houston Police Department. This data is being provided prior to the release of the Department's Official Monthly Uniform Crime.

Clear Lake Area Specializing in Pre-Planned Funeral Arrangements

281-280-9000 111 E. Medical Center Blvd., Webster

Cynthia T. Flanagan, dds

Gulf Coast Concert Band Christmas Band Concert

General Dentistry

Preventive Care • Periodontal Therapy

Cosmetic Dentistry

Sunday, Dec 15 at 6:00 pm

Porcelain Veneers • Dental Crowns Invisalign Clear Braces • Teeth Whitening

Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church 17503 El Camino Real Come hear a variety of Christmas classics performed by the Gulf Coast Concert Band led by Maestro Benjamin Butler. This 30-piece, community band has been playing in the Houston area for 40 years, and promises to provide a lovely evening of holiday music. A reception with light refreshments will follow. Concert is free and will last approximately one hour.

Peace of Mind Visitation

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RUGMASTERS Carpet & Floors

Hundreds of Floors for every Lifestyle! REMNANTS

Carpet

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Laminate & Hardwood Flooring Peace of Mind Visitation is a privately owned and operated business that visits your loved one who is in a nursing home and will send you a report about our visit detailing our activities and the facility conditions. Please visit my website, call, email or visit my facebook page for more information and a list of references.

Shelley Pogue, Owner

713-598-5540

Email: peaceofmindvisitation@gmail.com

www.peaceofmindvisitation.com

Ceramic & Porcelain Tile

All Major Brands, Styles & Colors SERVICE - QUALITY - VALUE

281-326-1724 4903 Nasa Parkway

25 Years Same Owner and Location Fourth Generation Flooring Specialist December 2013 / January 2014

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Gardeners by the Bay WWW.GBTB.ORG Gardeners of all levels are invited to attend the Gardeners by the Bay meetings held the first Wednesday of each month, from September to May, at University Baptist Church (Great Room on 2nd floor) located at 16106 Middlebrook Drive. Members and guests enjoy a light brunch from 9:00 to 9:30 am. A brief business meeting is then held prior to the main program. Guest speakers present timely programs of interest to all gardeners. Anyone interested is welcome to visit or join. Our membership includes novice gardeners as well as certified Texas Master Gardeners who are eager to share their expertise and knowledge in response to questions and concerns. Local trips are planned each year to gardens or other places of interest to gardeners. Visit us at http://gbtb.org

Gardeners by the Bay Programs

Dec. 4, 2013 – “Good Gardening With Vegetables and Fruits” with Mary Demeny, Galveston County Master Gardener Jan. 8, 2014 – “Get Down To Earth On Getting Good Soil”

Edrina Fitting and the Ladybug Realtors give back to Bay Forest and support our children from elementary school through high school! Recently awarded the

Texas PTA Honorary Life Long Membership Award 1. Director of Committee: Bay Forest Yard of the Month 2. Chair person: Bay Forest Traffic and Speed Control Committee 3. Sponsor: Bay Forest Spring Crawfish Boil 4. Sponsor: Bay Forest Oktoberfest 5. Co-Sponsor: Bay Forest July 4th Bike Parade

Feb. 5, 2014 – “Ants..Crazy And Firey!!!”

6. Sponsor: Many of the Bay Forest Mommies’ Club Activities, such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Summer Ice Cream Social at the Pool and the Halloween Fall Festival

Mar. 5, 2014 – “Is Your Garden A Reflection Of You?”

7. Sponsor: Bay Forest News

April 1, 2014 – “Gardeners By The Bay Annual Plant Sale”

8. Sponsor: Space Center Intermediate School Band

May 7, 2014 – “Gardeners By The Bay End of Year Luncheon” Upcoming Trips: January 23, 2014 Guided tour of the 1892 Bishop’s Palace in Galveston and lunch at Olympia Gill at Pier 21. March 18, 2014 Bus trip to tour of Peckerwood Garden and visit to Bluebonnet Herb Farms in Hempstead, lunch at The Garden Cafe Please call Marjorie at 281-474-5051 for information. We’re looking forward to meeting you.

Personal Ads: FOR SALE: • Trek Mountain Cub Bike with training wheels $25. • Schwinn 12" Bike $35. • Trek Tag Along Bike $70 and Barbie Corvette battery-operated car (needs new battery) $70. Call Shay at 281-216-6802. IZZY AND MOMMY PET CARE. Daily dog care and walking services. Cat, bird and exotic pet care while you are working or on vacation. Plant and basic pool care provided for extra fee. We have lived in the Bay Forest subdivision since 1988. Call Shay at 281-216-6802 or email shay3riley@yahoo.com

9. Sponsor: Space Center Intermediate School Academic Recognition 10. Sponsor: CLHS Band 11. Sponsor: CLHS Girls Golf 12. Sponsor: CLHS Baseball 13. Sponsor: CLHS Project Graduation 14. Sponsor: CLHS Quarterback Club 15. Sponsor: Falcon Pass Elementary School PTA 16. Sponsor: Falcon Pass Winter Wonderland 17. Platinum Sponsor: St. Clare of Assisi Elementary School 2005-2006 18. Maintains a list of sub-contractors for Bay Forest homeowners to hire for needed repairs and replacements

Edrina is the #1 agent with clients and customers and has career sales of over $300 million.

Edrina DIRECT: 281-798-6400 Office: 281-280-0669 Sue Fitting: 832-488-6106 • 281-280-0669 Proud Sponsor of the

WWW.HAR.COM/EDRINAFITTING December 2013 / January 2014

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School News Falcon Pass Elementary School News GO VOYAGERS!

Stay up to date with us online: https://sites.google.com/a/staff.ccisd.net/falconpasselementary/ It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Falcon Pass!! The FPE “Giving Tree” is decorated and on display in the front office, elves are on sale at the School Store and Santa will be stopping in soon for a campus visit.

 Be

informed

FPE PTA Meeting

The FPE PTA will not meet in December; the next meeting is Tuesday, January 14th at noon in the Teaching Theater. FPE Nurse, Marilyn Bluestein-Swartz, will be offering parents a preview of the “Growth & Development” films that will be shown to 4th & 5th grade later in the spring. This provides parents an opportunity to view the films before the students see them. Come early (11:45 am) to enjoy lunch and mingle with other involved parents. Questions? Please contact Brandy Miller at brandyL2326@yahoo.com.

FPE Newsletter

If you would like to stay informed and up to date on the happenings at FPE, email your full name to falconpasspta@gmail.com to receive the on-line monthly newsletter “Falcon Passages.”

 Be

active

Winter Carnival

Planning for the FPE PTA annual Winter Carnival “Under the Big Top” is underway. The carnival is set for Saturday, February 1, 2014 and promises to be a fun filled day to be had by all!! Help is still needed in a few key areas. If you are willing to donate your time to ensure the success of this endeavor, please contact Channing Lobpries channing.lobpries@gmail.com or Samantha Duff samantha.duff@yahoo.com

FPE Giving Tree

Over the past 9 years, Falcon Pass families and staff members have helped bring a brighter holiday season to other families that are in need. “Wants" and "needs" of ten FPE families are written on the reverse side of each ornament that decorates the Giving Tree in the front office. Please choose an ornament with a “need” or “want” to fulfill and return the gift(s) wrapped using the ornament as the tag. Deliveries to the families will begin December 20. Thank you for your help as we remind ourselves of the true joy of giving. Questions? Please contact FPE School Nurse, Marilyn Bluestein-Swartz at mswartz@ccisd.net.

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School News FPE crazy hat and hair day for red ribbon week!

FALCON PASS VISION

CENTER

Lisa Maxwell-Malik, O.D. Therapeutic Optometrist

Russell J. Malik, O.D. Therapeutic Optometrist

Family Eye Care Pediatric Optometry Contact Lenses Sports Vision Complete Optical Services

2409 Falcon Pass Drive Suite 180 Conveniently located between Walgreens and Falcon Pass Elementary

281-461-EYES

(3937)

www.falconpassvisioncenter.net (FPE continued on page 13)

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School News FPE Spirit Night

Treat the family to dinner at Fuddruckers on December 17th from 5-8pm and Panda Express on January 28th from 5-8pm and they will donate a portion of your purchase to FPE!

FPE spirit day!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the FPE PTA! Carrie Quigley Falcon Pass Elementary PTA President 2013-14 CJQSA@yahoo.com

Be your kid's biggest fan. be pta. Dates to Remember: December 3rd PTA Executive Board Holiday Breakfast 5th JSC Deposit Day 6th Student Clusters 1:45-2:45pm 6th International Festival 10th 4th & 5th Grade Choir Concert 12th FPE Discount Night at Putt-Putt Golf 4-7pm (compliments of JSC) 13th FPE Giving Tree Project ends 13th SPIRIT DAY !! 17th FPE Spirit Night at Fuddruckers 18th Winter Holiday Lunch 1st, 3rd & 5th 18th The Night Before Christmas with a Twist K-2nd 18th Pictures with Santa 18th Story Book Elves 19th Kinder Polar Express 19th Winter Class Parties 20th Winter Class Parties 20th Early Release 12:15pm 23rd Christmas Holiday Vacation Begins January 7th Classes Resume 7th Spelling Bee Kinder 8th Spelling Bee 2nd 9th Spelling Bee 1st, 4th, 5th 10th Spelling Bee 3rd 14th PTA Executive Board Meeting 11am 14th PTA Meeting in the Teaching Theater 11:45 am - Lunch 12:00 pm - Program: FPE Nurse, Marilyn Swartz (Growth & Development films) 15th PTA Staff Appreciation snacks 17th Student Clusters 1:45-2:45 pm 20th Student Holiday/Teacher In-Service 24th Cluster Showcase 28th FPE Spirit Night at Panda Express 31st SPIRIT DAY !! 31st Winter Carnival Set-up 3:30 pm (FPE continued on page 14)

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School News FPE Pajama day for red ribbon week!

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Not all winners pictured. (FPE continued on page 15)

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School News FPE Fun Run!

Spirit Night at McDonalds

Spirit Night at Double Daves

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FOOTBALL FRENZY PARTY PLATTERS

FFA Sweepstakes Award for Clear Lake High School

Clear Lake High School FFA students won a District Sweepstakes Award and are advancing to the area competition. Go Falcons!

Platters available as a SMALL (2-4 people) MEDIUM (5-7 people) or LARGE (8-10 people). Call for more details. Abe's Cajan Hot Wings (Hot, Mild or BBQ) Chicken Nuggets • Mini Corn Dogs Broccoli Cheddar Bites • Fried Mushrooms Chicken Pot Stickers • Pork Pot Stickers Fried Mozzarella Cheese Triangles Mozzarella Stuffed Bread Sticks Santa Fe Eggrolls with Chicken Cheddar & Jalapeno Tater Tots Pick Three Combo (Pick any 3 appetizers) Located on Clear Lake City Blvd. East of Hwy. 3 and I45S. ABE’S CAJUN MARKET AND CAFÉ 1080 Clear Lake City Blvd. • Houston, Texas 77062

281.480.ABES ( 2 2 3 7 ) For more info call or visit us online:

www.abescajunmarket.com

DECA success at Mini Competition

Clear Lake DECA had a great start to its competitive year on Friday, November 1. The University of Houston Downtown's marketing students hosted a Mini Competition for first year DECA students. This was Lake DECA's first time competing in mini competition. Sixteen Falcons competed in various events, including Apparel and Accessories Marketing/Retail Merchandising, Business Services Marketing/Marketing Management or Sports and Entertainment Marketing. Competition was steep, with more than 350 students from Houston ISD, Klein ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Lamar Consolidated ISD and Clear Creek ISD taking part. Lake Students did extremely well, with seven receiving medals in their events! These students areKari Bush, Jordan Pilot, Diego Contreras, Azhar Kassam, Diana Mushtaha, Katie Kilbourn, and Alan Monserrat. One student, Kari Bush, won 2 medals - 1 for the top test score in her category and the other for her event. All students are first time DECA members.

Buying or selling your home is a complex transaction involving your single most valuable asset. You need an expert who knows how to represent you and protect your best interests. When you choose Ginger to represent you and your property, you get the full resources and support of the entire Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and Gary Greene team. We are focused on more than selling houses. Our goal is to make your real estate transaction a rewarding experience and become your real estate company for life.

Ginger Pampolina realtor® GRI, CNS, CBS

ginger.pampolina@garygreene.com

Direct: (281) 731-5078 Office: (281) 486-1900

The next DECA competition will be the District Career and Development Conference, which will be held January 17, 2014. Please contact Mrs. Lori Zaunbrecher if you are interested in chaperoning and working the events. Go Lake DECA!

Bay Forest Resident

GARY GREENE

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Community News Clear Lake City-County

Freeman Branch Library 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, Texas 77062 (281) 488.1906 • www.hcpl.net

December Events for Children BOOK BABIES:

Wednesdays – December 4th, 11th, 18th 10:15 am & 11:45 am For infants up to 18 months along with a caregiver. The program is designed so that caregivers, together with the librarians, create a fun early literacy experience using songs, rhymes, movement, books and bubbles. Free tickets are available 15 minutes before each session.

TODDLER TIME:

Mondays – December 2nd, 9th, 16th , 23rd 30th at 11:15 am Tuesdays – December 3rd, 10th, 17th, 31st at 10:15 & 11:15 am For children 18 months to 3 years and their parents or caregivers. This program features books, songs, finger plays, music and movement free tickets are available 15 minutes before each session.

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME:

Wednesdays – December 4th, 11th, 18th 1:30 pm For children 3 to 5 years old. This program is designed for children who are ready to sit and listen to stories in addition to enjoying songs, finger plays and action rhymes. Free tickets are available beginning at 1:00 pm.

CHESS CLUB:

Mondays – December 2nd, 9th, 16th 6:30 pm For children 6-12 years old. For beginners, you can pick up tips on how to play chess. For chess players, try your chess moves against other players. Free tickets are available starting 6 pm.

HOLIDAY EVENTS MAKE A HOLIDAY CRAFT

Monday, December 2nd at 4:30 pm Recommended for children ages 5 and up. Come create a holiday frame for your favorite holiday snapshot! Free tickets are required and available at the Kid's Information Desk 30 minutes before the program begins.

COME MEET SANTA!

Monday, December 9th 5:30 -7:00 pm. Bring your camera!

MAKE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE

Monday, December 16th – Wednesday, December 18th 4:30pm It’s a festive season! Come join us in our annual tradition by making your own gingerbread house to bring home. All supplies are provided by the generous donations of the Friends of Freeman Library. Tickets are required. They are free and available starting 30 minutes before each program. Recommended for children ages 3 and up.

Girl Scout Express Event Series Domino’s Pizza Party Library will host its last Girl Scout Express on Saturday, December 7th from 12 to 2 pm in the Children’s Activity Space. Pizza is provided by Domino’s Pizza. We encourage you to bring canned goods to donate to InterFaith Caring Ministries. Open to all ages, especially Girl Scouts. Girl Scout leaders will be expected to remain in the Children’s Activity Space for the entire program. Registration is open from Thursday, November 7th to Wednesday, December 3rd at Reference Desk on the second floor.

December Events for Teens Make It! Monday: Holiday Ornaments

Monday, December 2nd at 4:30 pm Stop by the Zone to create your own special ornaments for the holidays.

Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Monday, December 9th at 4:30 pm Let your voice be heard! Gain leadership experience working with other teens on special projects and developing teen programming. Don’t miss our last meeting of 2013!

Science Wednesday: Tabletop Hovercraft

Wednesday, December 11th at 4:30 pm What exactly is a hovercraft? Learn more about the science behind hovercrafts while making your own tabletop version!

EXAM CRAM!

12/16-12/19 beginning at 2:30 pm Need a place for group study as you get ready for exams? The large meeting room is open from 2:30 until we close each day. We’ll have snacks to help fuel your concentration and library staff will be on hand to help answer questions.

Holiday Movie Marathon at 1:00 pm

Saturday, December 23rd Celebrate Winter Break with movies, hot cocoa and tasty snacks.

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Community News Clear Lake City-County

Freeman Branch Library 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, Texas 77062 (281) 488.1906 • www.hcpl.net

December Events for Adults ONLINE MEDIA MARKETING WITH CREST MEDIA

Saturday, December 14th at 1:00 - 4:00 pm Mike Marquardt will discuss “Three Steps to Effective Online Marketing,” a free interactive workshop. Take advantage of this free session and learn breakthroughs, strategies and tips to get your business online! Join us at the Children’s Activity Space. Register at http://goo.gl/BbYn3h or call the library at 281-488-1906.

SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING with SCORE Houston

If you are Small Business Owner and have questions on how to grow your business, SCORE Counselors are here every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Freeman Library. Get the help you need from qualified experts on the field! Counseling is for free but requires an appointment. Call library at 281-488-1906 or go to http://bit.ly/17Q9yTm to schedule your session.

ONGOING ADULT PROGRAMS FOR ALL 12/4 12/5 12/9 12/10 12/11 12/14 12/18 12/19 12/28 12/28

Crafts-to-Go (while supplies last) Come get your kit for Beaded Candy Canes 2nd Floor! Clear Lake Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Group in Conference Room (CR) at 6:30 pm Freeman Mystery Book Club in CR at 7:30 pm Freeman Needlecrafters in CR at 10:00 am YA Book Club for Adults (Conference Room) at 7:00 pm Clear Lake Area Writers (CLAW) (in CR) at 10:00 am Hofstetter Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club (Conference Room) at 7:30 pm Great Books Book Club (Conference Room) at 7:00 pm Trivia Express Feature Film Series Module #2 The Victorian Era @ Teen Zone at 2:00 pm Watch a film retelling a Charles Dickens Classic Novel. Clear Lake Area Writers (CLAW) (in CR) at 10:00 am

Armand Bayou Nature Center 8500 Bay Area Blvd • www.abnc.org 281-474-2551

27th Annual ABNC

TGIF SERIES

Every Friday- 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Christmas Bird Count

CLASP Lecture Series continues with Betty Crockford. December 6th at 10:30 am Miss Crockford will discuss "Mark Twain: Charismatic Enigma.”

Calling all bird lovers, watchers and feeders of all ages! Armand Bayou's Christmas Bird Count is December 21st and we need your help! We need bird watchers of all skill levels (excellent opportunity for learning). We have breakfasty goodies and meet at 5:30 pm for Tally Rally at a local restaurant for species total, dutch dinner! Come one, come all, just come!

Canopy Band Concert

December 13th Join us for some music with a by members Kevin and Cynthia Butler as well as Buddy and Alicia Motter-Vlahakos. A variety of seasonal favorites on stringed instruments will be performed.

Winter Film Festival

December 20th starts at 10:15 am Come join us and watch a 1992 film starring Michael Caine and the Muppets in a retelling of a Charles Dickens classic novel.

When: Saturday, December 21st at 6:30 am Where: Armand Bayou auditorium for check-in Cost: It’s free this year! What to bring: binoculars, weather appropriate clothing, bottled water, sack lunch, field guides if you have one. RSVP to Martha Hood lazuli007@yahoo.com

Guided Photo Hikes December 27th starts at 10:15 am Watch a 1994 film based on the classic Louisa May Alcott novel. Light refreshments are provided by the Friends of Freeman Library. Please contact the Library at 281-488-1906 regarding any questions.

Want to take nature photographs early, before the first guests arrive or late, after the gates close? Guided photo hikes are offered the second Saturday of each month for ages 12 and up. These alternate between early morning and late afternoon. Reservations are required. Please call 281-474-2551x10.

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Armand Bayou Nature Center 8500 Bay Area Blvd • www.abnc.org 281-474-2551 Hey Kids ages 4-13, Nature is really cool at ABNC! Come and enjoy your winter break at EcoCamp. We will be offering 2 two day EcoCamps. EcoCamp 1: Dec. 30 & 31, 2013 and EcoCamp 2: Jan. 2 & 3, 2014. Camps are either half or full day for all ages. Each camp is a different theme - so sign up for both for double the fun. Registration for Winter EcoCamp has begun!! Go to the Winter EcoCamp page for more information. Call the Education Department at 281-474-2551 x13 or x14 for details. Each EcoCamp (either 1 or 2) and each session (either AM or PM) offers a different topic for exploration and discovery. Campers may attend either half day or full day. There is a supervised lunch between the AM and PM sessions. All Campers will: • Explore nature, science and art in an outdoor learning environment. • Fish and Canoe (weather permitting) on Mays pond. • Hay ride and Campfire (weather permitting). EcoCamp 1: Dec. 30 & 31, 2013 Campers grouped by age (4 -6; 7-9; &10-13 years) AM Session: 8:30-11:30 am – Amazing Fliers - Birds PM Session: 12:30 3:30 pm – Reptiles Dec 31st: Lunch Time for both AM & PM sessions: 11:30-12:30 Camp Fire & Hay Ride. AM Campers stay until 12:30/PM Campers arrive at 11:30 EcoCamp 2: Jan. 2 & 3, 2014 Campers grouped by age (4 -6; 7-9; &10-13 years) AM Session: 8:30-11:30 AM – Adaptation & Hibernation PM Session: 12:30 3:30 – Bison and Farm Life Jan 3rd: Lunch Time for both AM & PM sessions: 11:30-12:30 Camp Fire & Hay Ride. AM Campers stay until 12:30/PM Campers arrive at 11:30 Cost per 2 day Session (either AM or PM) Members $50 and Non-Members $60 ($25 cancellation fee per registration) EcoCamp 1 and EcoCamp 2 are independent of each other and there is an AM and PM session with each camp. Follow the EcoCamp Registration link to reserve your child's spot now! www.abnc.org/eco-camp-winter.html

EcoKids Classes

EcoKids classes are educational and fun for young learners. All children 3 to 6 years old and fully potty trained are welcome. Classes are held twice a month from 9:30-11:30 on Fridays at the Nature Center. Fee per child: $8. Ask about our member's discount. Reservations are required. Please call 281-474-2551 ext 10 for more details and to reserve your child's spot. December 13th (Winter Sleepers)- Box Turtles January 10th (Winter Detectives) Shapes and Sounds in Nature January 24th Investigating Tracks

TEEN JOB DIRECTORY BABYSITTERS & PET SITTERS Rachel Bentley Abbey Cain Lauryn Hanley Lauren Jones Drew Musachia Paul Shaffer Brad Sullivan Maddy Wimberly Sarah Yarbrough

2/94 12/93 3/96 5/98 9/91 8/94 10/95 3/95 9/93

281-286-3831 281-480-8189 (h) 281-480-6839 281-823-7076 (h) 281-212-5811 (h) 281-486-7088 281-480-5309 281-286-8860 (h) 281-286-4465

832-477-0135 (c) 832-683-3733 (c) 281-486-2051 (c)

832-444-3248 (c)

BABYSITTERS

Laura Allan 6/92 Rachel Dudash 5/92 Alexandra Hunt-Riley 11/94 Alexandria Lawrence 9/93 Alice Wang 7/92 Alexis Wendes 2/94 Rachel Zandy 12/96

281-990-8791 281-286-3672 281-961-5192 281-286-7203 (h) 832-492-4042 (c) 281-282-0639 281-486-0637 281-286-0426

Gabbi Guiscardo Alexandra Hunt-Riley 11/94 Alex Lauzon 5/99 Michelle O’Bert 7/94 Alberto Quinones 8/96 Alexis Wendes 2/94 Jack Wendes 3/98 Alex Woerner 8/96

281-573-8375 — Dog Walking 281-961-5192 — Pet Sitting 281-218-0064 — Pet Sitting 281-480-4833 — Pet Sitting 832-228-2507 — Pet Sitting 281-486-0637 — Pet Sitting 281-486-0367 — Pet Sitting 281-486-6960 — Pet Sitting

Abbey Cain 12/93 Richard Cao 1/97 Alexandria Lawrence 9/93 Alice Wang 7/92

281-480-8189 (h) 832-477-0135 (c) 281-480-2033 (h) richcao6@gmail.com 281-286-7203 (h) 832-492-4042 (c) 281-282-0639

PET SERVICES

MATH TUTOR

SPANISH TUTOR (Elementary to High School)

Hugo Hernandez, Jr. 9/91 281-323-9722 Alexandria Lawrence 9/93 281-286-7203 (h) 832-492-4042 (c)

PIANO TEACHER

Alice Wang

7/92 281-282-0639

POWER WASHING

Isaac Fouty Robert Lauzon Alberto Quinones Alberto Quinones

9/91 713-252-2578 7/96 281-218-0064 8/96 832-228-2507

LAWN MOWING 8/96 832-228-2507

CURB ADDRESS PAINTING

Victor Ungar

6/00 281-486-7776

The Bay Forest News will run ads for our Bay Forest teenagers free of charge. Please send your ad including your name, birth date, and telephone number to: TEENS - THE BAY FOREST NEWS 15822 MANOR SQUARE, HOUSTON, TX 77062

Call 281-660-4965 and ask for Marita if you have any questions.

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Bay Forest Contacts OFFICERS - Bay Forest Community Association President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Director

Dan Pias dfwdaniel@hotmail.com Gene Fisseler gfisseler@gmail.com Barbara McCollum John Haas Tom Camp

281-480-7266 832-377-1222

COMMITTEES - Bay Forest Community Association

ARC Dan Pias dfwdaniel@hotmail.com 281-480-7266 ACLC Barbara McCollum aclc@bayforest.info 281-488-0123 Tennis - Mens Greg Blackburn tennis@bayforest.info H: 281-480-8280 greg.blackburn@earthlink.net C: 281-743-3802 Tennis - Womens Pam Doty pamdoty@gmail.com 281-286-7471 Pool Tom Camp pool@bayforest.info Tennis John Hass Social Committee John Haas COA/Parks Dan Pias parks@bayforest.info Yard of the Month John Haas greatyards@bayforest.info Parking/Traffic Committee Gene Fisseler gfisseler@gmail.com 832-377-1222 Trash Service Oversight Gene Fisseler gfisseler@gmail.com 832-377-1222 Long Range Planning Gene Fisseler gfisseler@gmail.com 832-377-1222 Realtor Advisory Board Dan Pias dfwdaniel@hotmail.com 281-480-7266 Community Relations Gene Fisseler community@bayforest.info 832-377-1222 Management Oversight Dan Pias dfwdaniel@hotmail.com 281-480-7266 Crime/Community Watch Gene Fisseler www.clcw.org Website Oversight Dan Pias dfwdaniel@hotmail.com 281-480-7266 Nominating Committee Barbara McCollum and John Haas 281-488-0123

ORGANIZATIONS Garden Club Gourmet Club Mommies’ Club Blue Marlins

Katy Lednicky www.GBTB.org 281-488-5655 Alex Valenti alix_valenti@msn.com Joy King mommies@bayforest.info 281-486-1834 Blue Marlins Hotline 832-247-5035

OTHER IMPORTANT NUMBERS

The Bay Forest Community Association can be contacted at: Manager@BayForest.info 15715 Lake Lodge Drive, Houston, Texas 77062

832.224.6446

AmeriWaste 281-331-8400 City of Houston Information (neighborhood protection, solid waste, addresses to public buildings, etc.) 3-1-1 Officer Richard Buitron HPD Liaison / 2855 Bay Area Blvd. 77058 281-218-3900 Report Suspicious Activity • Non-Emergency # 713-884-3131 Poison Control 281-766-4403 Albert Thomas Post Office Frances Nix-Davis 281-488-8315

To Report a Streetlight that is Out... CenterPoint Energy maintains streetlights throughout our electric service territory in and around Houston. Go to the link below to report a streetlight outage. You will be asked to provide: • pole number for the non-functioning lights you want to report • contact information (in case more info is needed to locate a streetlight) • an e-mail address (if you want feedback regarding your repair request) • the number of streetlights you would like to report Visit CenterPoint Energy’s webpage for reporting streetlights out: www.centerpointenergy.com/services/electricity/ residential/reportastreetlightoutage/ Report general power outages by calling 713-207-2222 or 1-800-332-7143

Leash Law

Dogs and cats may not “run at large” in Houston. “Running at large” means going on public or private property without the owner or another person having direct physical control of the animal.  An animal on a leash is considered to be under direct physical control of a person.“Running at large” may result in impoundment of the animal or in the issuance of one or more citations. For more info visit http://www.ci.houston.tx.us/departme/health/barc3.htm

CLEAR CREEK SCHOOLS SERVING BAY FOREST Falcon Pass Elementary Clear Lake High School 281-284-6200 Fax: 281-286-2914 Office Hours: 7:45 am to 3:45 pm School Hours: 8:15 am to 3:15 am

Houston Department of Health and Human Services

Bay Forest News sends a Special Thanks to KROGER for donating the plastic bags for our newsletters!

281-284-1900 Fax: 281-284-1905 Office Hours: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm School Hours: 7:20 am to 2:30 pm

www.ccisd.net/schools/elementary-schools www.ccisd.net/schools/high-schools/ clear-lake-high-school

Space Center Intermediate

281-284-3300 Fax: 281-284-3305 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

www.ccisd.net/schools/intermediate-schools

The Bay Forest News Staff EDITOR: CIRCULATION:

ADVERTISING: ACCOUNTANT: GRAPHIC DESIGN: CIRCULATION: PRINTER:

Marita Moran (281) 660-4965 e-mail: mgmoran@swbell.net Ramona Pias Marita Moran (281) 660-4965 Rosie Pieri (281) 480-7314 Elizabeth Lauzon Marita Moran (281) 660-4965 Cindy Carmine KrispGraphix (832) 372-5127, kbalistreri@krispgraphix.com 850 households MI Printing (281) 486-9884

EDITORIAL NOTES Contributions to this paper are welcome; articles, letters to the editor, complaints, compliments, etc. Please submit your copy—typed, if possible, to Marita Moran at 15822 Manor Square by the 20th of the month. Although all contributions are welcome, we cannot guarantee to print everything that is submitted. The editor reserves the right to edit copy where required. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PRINTED REFLECT THE OPIN­IONS OF THE AUTHORS ONLY, AND NOT THOSE OF THE BAY FOREST NEWS OR ANY OF ITS STAFF. TO BE PUB­LISHED, LETTERS TO THE EDITOR MUST INCLUDE A NAME AND PHONE NUMBER— THE EDITORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO OMIT THE NAME AT THE WRITER’S REQUEST.

PERSONAL AD POLICY There is no charge for a Bay Forest resident to place a Personal Ad in the Bay Forest News. Please email the information that is to appear in the ad to mgmoran@swbell.net. There is no charge for a Bay Forest teen to adver­tise in the Teen Job Directory. Get your ad to Marita Moran at mgmoran@swbell.net by the 20th of the month. COMMERCIAL AD POLICY Ad Sizes Business Card 1/4 page 1/2 page Full page Inserts

Cost $ 25.00 $ 40.00 $ 75.00 $ 150.00 $ 60.00 (you print 200 inserts)

5% discount offered if you pay, in advance, for 3 months of advertising space. 10% discount offered if you pay, in advance, for 6 months of advertising space. 15% discount offered if you pay, in advance, for 10 months of advertising space. NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION INSERT FEES Organizations based within the Bay Forest Community will be charged $25.00 for inserts—all other non-profit organi­za­tions will be charged $35.00 for inserts. THE BAY FOREST NEWS IS ISSUED THE 1ST WEEK OF EVERY MONTH, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE JUNE/ JULY AND THE DECEMBER/JANUARY ISSUES (10 ISSUES PER YEAR).

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