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Volume 27, Number 3

Bay Forest Pool Schedule, Parties & Clinics Page 7

Spring Fling & Easter Egg Hunt Photos Page 8 & 12

April 2013

Bay Forest Community Association News www.BayForest.info

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. A homeowner open forum was held on March 18th, 2013. No homeowners attended, and no Bay Forest business meeting was conducted. To reach the “Bay Forest Community Manager,” email Manager@bayforest.info or call 832.224.6446. The mailing address for the Bay Forest Community Association is 15715 Lake Lodge Drive, Houston, Texas 77062.

Perimeter Fence Update

Like several others have already done, one of our neighboring communities, Bay Pointe, has recently determined that it will replace its perimeter fence. Bay Pointe is located on the far side of Clear Lake City Boulevard, between the Randall’s shopping center and Highway 3. Recall that the fence panels contain a great deal of iron and have had rust streaks for years. We look forward to seeing what this community comes up with as a replacement – the same as all the others around us for the past few years or maybe something new and different?

Yard of the Month Pages 9-10

Blue Marlins Schedule Page 11

Gourmet Club

Szechwan Eggplant in Chili Sauce

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School News beginning on Page 15

In the meantime, our Board reviewed its preparations and timeline for replacing the Bay Forest perimeter fence. For years, we have monitored the structural integrity of our fence and secured multiple inspections by engineering firms. We continue to find that our fence, for whatever reasons, is holding up better than most. In addition, we recently polled local realtors active in Bay Forest to determine what impact, if any, the age and appearance of our fence may have on home sales and property values in our community. Somewhat surprisingly, we learned that our fence – at this time - is not a deterrent for new home buyers. Based on these findings, we evaluated several ways to finance the removal and replacement of the fence when the appropriate time comes – including a special assessment ($1,000 per home), a bank loan and saving up for the replacement. In the end, we landed on taking our time, being thoughtful and deliberate, getting the maximum useful life from our current investment, and accumulating the necessary funds prior to the expenditure. But, if our savings timeline exceeds our fence life, then we’d use the funds saved and fill the gap with one of the other approaches – an assessment or a loan. So, to summarize: (BFCA continued on page 3)


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Ladybug Realtors’ Bay Forest Pets OF THE MONTH The Curran family loves their golden retrievers, as they have had many over the years. The three golden boys are Simba (15), Valentino (12) & Beauregard (7), two of whom are rescues from Golden Retriever Rescue Houston. Valentino is our true gentleman, and definitely our lover boy, who enjoys nothing more than laying by our side or visiting the kids at school. As for Beau, he keeps us in stitches and on our toes. He has the energy and spirit that children love. Simba is the last of a four generation line of goldens, that have not only touched our hearts over the years, but left their forever footprints. It is with both sadness and celebration that we honor our sweet Simba, who crossed the rainbow bridge this month, as he approached fifteen years of age. He will be missed, but never forgotten. The Currans continue to volunteer and support the Golden Retriever Rescue organizations, and encourage families to consider fostering or adopting when choosing a pet. "Nothing is more rewarding than adopting a pet that is so thankful to be loved. And many times, adopting an older pet is much easier than raising a puppy. Life is truly 'golden' when spent with these dogs!" says Georgette Curran.


Neighborhood News

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• To date, we’ve built up a fence fund of more than $440,000 – not an insignificant number. • Our latest total cost estimate to replace our entire perimeter fence (~ 9,500 linear feet), using Bay Pointe’s cost information ($89 per linear foot), is about $840,000 – not an insignificant number. • So, in rough numbers, we’re halfway there. • And, if we continue on our plan to put away $100,000 each year, our construction start would be as early as January 2017. Soon we will be looking into options regarding what type of fence Bay Forest will install…what construction materials, what style, what textures and colors? This project will impact everyone, even if only in a small way, so attention to detail is important. So stay tuned. And pay attention to what you’re seeing installed around Clear Lake, around League City and further south, around Houston. Anywhere there is new planned community construction or old fence replacement, take notice. We want to learn from others what works and what doesn’t. Your input will serve as the basis for these decisions.

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On-Street Parking

Please review your parking practices. If you regularly park a car on the street – this is for you. While it may be easy to just drive up and get out of your car – it has other consequences for yourself and our community. 1. Most cars that are vandalized in our community are parked on the street. Makes sense – the car owner has made the car an easier target by putting it on the street. 2. On-street parking is a concern of emergency service providers, as cars on the street can make it more difficult during those crucial seconds to get to someone who needs help. 3. On-street parking impacts your neighbor’s ability to back out of driveways – and generally navigate through our community. 4. And on-street parking can negatively impact our collective property values – people are less likely to buy a home in an area that has considerable on-street parking. Please take this opportunity and assess your parking habits. Park your car in your driveway or garage – especially overnight. There is a complete set of frequently asked parking questions with answers on the Bay Forest web site. We are working with the City of Houston Parking Enforcement folks to have them monitor our community but also provide some educational programs to help us all be better parkers. Just a thought – now might be the time to clean out your garage. Protect your cars and our community.

Exercise Trail at the Bay Forest Park

The long awaited installation of the exercise equipment at the Bay Forest Park has been completed. The trail connecting everything together will be installed soon. To ensure there was a safe trail around the entire

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Neighborhood News (BFCA continued from page 3)

park some of the sidewalk panels are being replaced to remove any tripping hazards.

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Neighborhood News (BFCA continued from page 4)

Work completed at the Bay Forest Park Much of the concrete decking around the pool has been replaced to eliminate any cracks that could have been tripping hazards.

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Neighborhood News Crime Watch:

Mystery Stakes

Some of you may have noticed green stakes popping up in Bay Forest. These stakes are being used by the Clear Lake City Water Authority (CLCWA) and its contractor as they go throughout our community cleaning sewer lines. This preventative maintenance program by CLCWA helps keep the system clear and in good shape. As we understand it – the green state is placed when the contractor does their part of the work and then is removed by CLCWA staff when they have inspected the work. If you have any questions, please contact the CLCWA at 281-4881164 or the Bay Forest Community Manager at manager@bayforest.info.

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

Crime Report – February 2013 Burglary Habitation (Mb) 2/06/2013 16400 Havenhurst

Residence

Burglary Habitation (Bf) 2/10/2013 16000 Greenwood Pines Residence Burglary Habitation (Bo) 2/13/2013 3600 Emerald Falls

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Burglary Habitation (Mb) 2/18/2013 16000 Hickory Knoll

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Criminal Mischief

(Bf) 2/09/2013 15300 Willow Shores Residence

Theft (Bkf) 2/22/2013 15800 Brookvilla

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This data is not the official crime statistics for the Houston Police Dept. This data is being provided prior to the release of the department’s official monthly uniform crime report.

Neighborhood Abbreviations: (Bf) Bay Forest (Mb) Middlebrook (Bo) Bay Oaks (Pb) Pinebrook (Bkf) Brook Forest

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Bay Forest Community Pool Summer 2013 Schedule May 4 - June 2 Saturdays & Sundays

10:30 am - 9:00 pm

May 27

Memorial Day

10:30 am - 9:00 pm

June 6

Last Day of School

12:30 pm - 9:00 pm

June 7 August 25

Tuesday - Sunday

10:30 am - 9:00 pm

August 31September 2

Saturday, Sunday & Monday (Labor Day)

Pool Parties

Our community pool is a great place for Bay Forest residents to host small group parties for birthdays, for sports teams, for church groups, etc. Parties may be scheduled during regular hours and on Mondays. No more than one party may be scheduled in the afternoon (noon to 4:30 pm); no more than one party may be scheduled in the evening (after 5:00 pm). Parties should be scheduled at least seven (7) days in advance. There are two options for having a pool party.

Small Parties 10:30 am - 9:00 pm

*The pool is Closed on Mondays, except holidays; May 27 and September 2. Please note: May 25: Pool opening will be delayed due to Blue Marlins Swim Meet June 12: Pool opening will be delayed due to Blue Marlins Swim Meet

Monday – Wednesday, April 15-17th

choose either session 4:00-5:00 pm or 5:00-6:00 pm CLEAR CREEK HIGH SCHOOL POOL Swimmers ages 6 – 12 years old Signed up for a Summer Swim Team? Want to Learn the Butterfly Stroke? Come to our Swim Clinic! Instruction with Experienced High School Swimmers Supervised by Clear Creek Aquatics Head Coach, Anne Woolweaver This is an indoor pool – come even if it rains! Monday: Freestyle and Breast Stroke Tuesday: Backstroke Wednesday: Butterfly and Individual Instruction Limited Enrollment - $50.00 for all three days Please bring suit, towel, goggles, swim caps T –Shirts given to athletes registered by April 12th Registration Forms available online at www.clearcreekaquatics.com/forms Registrations need to be received by April 12, 2013 Registration/Payment also at the door if space is available Questions? Please e-mail: Carole Stecker – cmstecker@earthlink.net or Coach Woolweaver awoolwea@ccisd.net

Homeowners hosting parties with up to and including twentyfive (25) participants may be scheduled during regular hours and may extend until 10:00 pm. Additional lifeguards may or may not be needed to maintain an overall lifeguard to patron ratio of 1:25 during a party scheduled during regular hours. Based on the number of expected party participants and Sweetwater’s experience with typical pool patronage during the time a party is scheduled, additional lifeguards may be deemed needed and supplied. The Bay Forest Community Association will pay for any additional guards needed during regular hours.

Large Parties

Homeowners hosting parties with more than twenty-five (25) participants or desiring exclusive use of the pool may schedule parties on Monday in the afternoons (noon until 4:30 pm) or in the evenings (5:00 pm until 10:00 pm). Sweetwater shall supply sufficient lifeguards for each party, determined to maintain an overall lifeguard to patron ratio of 1:25. The homeowner is responsible for paying Sweetwater an hourly rate of $10 for each required lifeguard (minimum of two). There is no fee for using the pool. The hourly rate will include any set up and cleanup activities. Party reservations will officially open April 1, 2013. To schedule a party please email the Pool Party Coordinator at: parties@sweetwaterpoolsinc.com, or phone: 281-988-8480 or Fax: 281-988-8503. Reservation requests will be conducted online and confirmed by the Sweetwater Pools Party Coordinator on or after this date. This information and much more can be found on our Bay Forest Community website, www.bayforest.info.

Lifeguard Training This year Lifeguard Lessons will be offered by Sweetwater Pools right here at our Bay Forest Pool! Go to www.swlifeguards.com to register or call 281-988-8480 for more information.

Lifeguard Course Dates, Times & Fees Full Lifeguard Course: $275.00 • April 13 - April 14 • April 20 - April 21 Saturday & Sunday Classes 8:45 am - 6:00 pm

Lifeguard Review Course: $190.00 • April 13 - April 14 Saturday & Sunday Classes 8:45 am - 6:00 pm

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Bay Forest Yard of the Month 'Tis the season for Azaleas, and they are certainly on display at the home of Vicki Buxton and Jim Hall, 2206 Cherrytree Ridge. It’s hard to see in the photos, but there are 3 different shades of Azalea planted across the entire front of the house. This beautiful yard is also adorned with New Orleans Iris, Wild Petunia, Colanthus, Camelia, Varigated Ginger and Pine trees. Monkey grass and Asparagus Fern fill in the ground around the Azaleas providing a solid sheet of green and texture year round. I don't like to think of our American flag as decoration, but its graceful waves really do seem a natural part of this elegant landscape.

Send your nomination to

greatyards@bayforest.info (Yard of the Month continued on page 9)

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Bay Forest Yard of the Month Suzy and Kenneth Mayfield at 2106 Woodside won Yard of the Month a few years ago, but this yard is so cheerful and beautiful that we really felt they deserved to win again. (Winners become eligible again after 3 years.) The Mayfield's yard is overflowing with blooms so numerous I couldn't begin to mention all the varieties, but some of the main beauties are Snapdragons, Salvia, Petunias and yes, Daffodils. We can hardly wait for the Magnolias and Bird of Paradise to bloom! One trick that really makes this yard "pop" is the varied height of the flowers. The Mayfield's have placed very large urns on either side of their front walk and planted them with Petunias and other trailing flowers. This bright punch provides a lot of interest and really captures the eye. The front of the house isn't the only place to see their loving care; the gorgeous landscaping continues all down the length of their driveway.

As always, if you know of a house that should be Yard of the Month, please send the address to greatyards@bayforest.info. We LOVE to get your nominations! Also, if you would like to join our team, please send your contact info to the same email address.

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Blue Marlins Swim Team Time to Register for SWIM TEAM!

Walk up registration April 13th, 12-4pm at the Bay Forest Pool Yes, that’s right! Brooks Blue Marlins Swim Team will be holding their annual walk-up registration on April 13th from 12-4:00 pm, at the Bay Forest Pool. This year we are excited to also host an on-line registration beginning April 8th! www.brooksbluemarlins.com We have updated our website and have a new look! This should make it easy and convenient for swim information, volunteer sign-ups, and even meet registration! Blue Marlins are looking for eligible swimmers between the ages of 5 and 18 years old by May 1st. By the end of the second week of practice all swimmers must be able to swim one length of the pool using any stroke. (Remember you have two-weeks to practice, every weekday, with our swim coaches to achieve this goal!) We welcome new families to join our swim team. A long standing swim tradition in the Bay Forest, Brookwood, and MiddleBrook subdivisions, it’s a great way to kick off the summer! Registration costs are $150 for the first swimmer in the family, $100 for the second swimmer, and $80 for each additional swimmer thereafter. Practices will begin after school, April 22, for new swimmers, and all returning swimmers on May 1st. What are the parent requirements? All new swimmers must attend a “mandatory” parent orientation meeting. This meeting is optional for experienced parents, but highly recommended. In addition, all parents will be required to volunteer during the short swim season. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities. Brooks Blue Marlins is a volunteer based neighborhood swim team, and is also part of the CCSL swim league. We do have a paid coaching staff; however, our swim meets are staffed by volunteers. Why Join the Swim Team? It’s a great way to start your summer off each morning, swimming in the pool! It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn proper swim strokes! It’s an even better opportunity to exercise in the summer, or perhaps, prepare physically for many fall sports! Best of all... You get to spend time with friends at practice and with your families on Saturday mornings! Swim season is short and sweet – dates of all the meets! April 22nd* Practice start date. New swimmers. May 1st* Practice start date. All swimmers. May 18th Time Trials/Mini Meet vs Nauticats (Middlebrook Pool) May 25th June 1st June 8th June 15th June 22nd

Meet #1 Meet #2 Meet #3 Meet #4 Meet #5

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(TBA) Last Chance Meet. (TBA) June 29-30th Champ Series Meet. (TBA)

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 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 7. Sponsor: Bay Forest News 8. Sponsor: Space Center Intermediate School Band 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

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Neighborhood Club News Bay Forest Mommies’ Club

The Bay Forest Mommies’ Club met for our Spring Egg Hunt and Party. This year, the egg hunt, organized by Joy King, was combined with the Annual Bay Forest Crawfish Boil organized by Edrina Fitting. Thank you to everyone who helped with the set-up and clean-up of both the egg hunt and the crawfish boil. Additionally, we had a special visitor: a face painter, which the kids seemed to really enjoy. The weather was a little tenuous, at best, so it was decided to start a little early in hopes of missing the rain. We lucked out and had a fun, but cloudy day, and the rain held off. The kids enjoyed hunting for eggs and getting their faces painted. Afterward, there were lots of delicious crawfish to eat, and playgrounds to explore! Thank you to Abe's Cajun Market and Café (Resident), the Bay Forest Community Association, Edrina Fitting/Ladybug Realtors and North American Title who sponsored the Annual Spring Fling/Cajun Crawfish Boil this year. Mary Nguyen, owner of The Primrose School of Clear Lake, provided the face painter.

Thank you, Mary! We really appreciate it when our neighborhood gets support from business owners in the community. Thank you to each of you. It makes Bay Forest such a nice place to live. All-in-all, a good time was had by all.

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Neighborhood Club News Bay Forest Gourmet Club For our second small dinner party this year, Gourmet Club members “traveled” to Beijing, the host of the 2008 Summer Olympics. The opening ceremony took place on 8/8/08, because the number “8” is considered very lucky in Chinese culture. Our menu consisted of dishes from China, Macau, and Southeast Asia: appetizers included Spicy Omelet Wedges, Crunchy Vegetable Rolls, and a Hot and Sour Soup, followed by a Green Tea Granita; the main course was a spice-crusted Roasted Pork, Cold Spicy Noodles, Szechwan Eggplant, and Peking Crisp String Beans; and dessert was a Raspberry and Mandarin Orange Tart. Here is the recipe for the eggplant as well as a picture of the tablescape for one of the parties.

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Congratulating our Bay Forest Graduating Seniors Remember the two pages of Bay Forest high school and college graduating seniors that were featured in the June 2012 Bay Forest News? If you are a Bay Forest graduating senior this May, now is the time to send your info for the June 2013 issue! We would like to recognize and congratulate all of our Bay Forest high school and college graduating seniors in the June issue of the Bay Forest News. This has become an annual Bay Forest tradition. Please send the following information to Marita Moran at mgmoran@swbell.net. 1. Name 2. Post-graduation plans such as: the college you will be attending, where you will be working, which branch of the armed services you will be joining, graduate school plans, travel plans, etc. 3. If you want to mention anything about honors or scholarships received, please do. This is your chance to shine. 4. We would love for you to also send a picture. If you have any questions, please email me at the above address. May I be the first to congratulate you on your upcoming achievement! ~Marita Moran

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Bay Forest Residents Perform at the Bay Area Chorus The Bay Area Chorus presents a Time For Action: Praise!

The Bay Area Chorus of Greater Houston presents an exciting conclusion to their 48th Concert Season on Monday, April 29th at 7:00 pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 18220 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay TX. 77058. Get ticket information from any chorus member or at: www.seatyourself.biz/bayareachorus. In advance (all ages) $10; At the door: $15 Adults, $12 Students/Sr. +65 info@bayareachorus.org Several Bay Forest residents will be onstage as the Bay Area Chorus’ Mixed and Women’s Choruses sing works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, and featuring: Benjamin Britten’s Festival Te Deum with organ, Gyorgy Orban’s Missa Brevis No. 6 with piano, and Paul Basler’s Songs of Faith with keyboard and horn accompaniment to conclude their action packed concert season. All of these works are exciting musical journeys in surprisingly beautiful choral settings across several musical periods. Artistic Director, Keith Dixon, is completing his 18th year as conductor of the Bay Area Chorus with organist Crista Miller and pianist Mendy Alford.

Bay Area Chorus 17th Annual Cruise Raffle

Don’t miss out on a chance to win several great prizes during the spring raffle offered by Bay Area Chorus. Only 300 tickets will be sold for $25 each. Prizes include: GRAND PRIZE – 7 day cruise for 2 aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Magic, departing September 1, 2013 sailing from Galveston to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel 2nd Prize – Weekend night at the Westin Galleria Houston/Westin Oaks Galleria and $100 Galleria gift card 3rd Prize – Family Fun Pack: Four tickets for a Sugarland Skeeters home game, two Houston Aeros tickets, two all-day fun passes at Putt-Putt Fun House, and an autographed Houston Rockets poster. 4th Prize – Fabulous New You: 3 month membership to JourneyFit, personal coaching session with 3rd Quarter coaching, and skin care products compliments of Dolce Tanning. The prize drawing will be held immediately following our Monday April 29th concert. Winners need not be present to win. To purchase a ticket, contact info@bayareachorus.org or any chorus member.

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.

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The Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) is committed to recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers and staff. On March 25, the Clear Creek Independent School District approved a three percent raise for staff. "This increase is well-deserved as our teachers and staff work tirelessly to ensure our children are prepared for their future," said Greg Smith, Superintendent of Schools. "Teachers and staff did receive a one-time, three percent payment this year. This move by the school board will sustain the raise for next year." Additionally, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved an increase in the District's contribution to employee health care from $225 per month to $265 per month. TRS-Active Care, the health insurance that is used by 90% of school districts in Texas, has raised its premiums rates for the second year in a row. This increase in employer contribution will help offset the impact on CCISD teachers, staff and their families. In October 2012, the Clear Creek Independent School District Board of Trustees set out a specific goal for the superintendent to develop and implement a long-range compensation plan. The superintendent outlined the plan on March 5.

Bay Forest Contractor Recommendation We recently contracted with Elegant Remodeling and Design of League City to have our kitchen remodeled, windows replaced, and our house painted. The owner, Lea Watson, herself a Bay Forest resident, did a marvelous job on all three projects. The work was well planned, every part was completed on time, the price was right, and we are delighted with the results. We are pleased to be able to recommend her to you. Note: There’s also an Elegant Remodeling and Construction company in Clear Lake. They may be equally as wonderful, but we don’t know anything about them, so be sure to note the right name if you decide to call. - Dan and Billie Patterson

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CCISD Identifies Tablet Device

League City, Texas- The Clear Creek Independent School District Board of Trustees named the Dell Latitude 10 as the device the district would purchase if the 2013 Bond Referendum is approved by voters on May 11, 2013. The board approval does not commit funds for the purchase of tablet computers. The actual purchase of student and teacher tablet computers is contingent upon voter authorization on May 11, 2013. In January, the Clear Creek Independent School District issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for tablet computers to meet the instructional needs for students and teachers. The RFP involved seven vendors. In the end, the district committee and CCISD students recommended the Dell Latitude 10 for its educational applications, compatibility with existing CCISD software, and cost efficiency compared to other tablet devices. (CCISD News continued on page 16)

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(CCISD News continued from page 15)

In addition to the Dell Latitude 10 tablet, the District would receive free teacher professional development and technical training from Dell, Microsoft, and Intel. The Dell Latitude 10 could also serve as a desktop computer for teachers through a docking station. The Dell Latitude 10 uses Microsoft Office and Microsoft applications which are familiar products with CCISD staff. Under the Dell proposal, the Latitude 10 Standard is $514. A tablet case is $28. In the 2013 Bond proposal, $17.5 million is identified for student tablet computers in grades 4 through 10. With the proposal from Dell, the same $17.5 million would allow for the tablets to reach additional students by including grades 11 and 12 district-wide. Historically, the Clear Creek Independent School District purchased technology through bond funds. The last time the District sought and received voter authorization for technology was in 2004. With the 2004 bonds, the District purchased laptop computer carts. These carts with 20 laptops would be checked out by teachers to be used in the classroom. The tablet computers proposed in the 2013 Bond would not only replace these computer carts but also initiate what is known as a 1:1 program, one computer per student. If approved by voters, the bonds for technology would be paid off with short-term bonds of five years.

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To learn more about the 2013 CCISD Bond Proposal, visit www.ccisd.net/2013Bond or email information@ccisd.net.

Ccisd Earns Finance Award League City -- The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) has awarded the Clear Creek Independent School District, the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for excellence in budget presentation. The award is conferred only to school entities that have met or exceeded the Meritorious Budget Award criteria. To earn this award, Clear Creek ISD submitted its 2012–2013 budget for a rigorous review based on stringent criteria. “The award represents a significant achievement by Clear Creek Independent School District, said ASBO Executive Director John D. Musso. “It reflects the commitment by the finance staff and the school district to achieve the highest standards of school budgeting.” This is the seventh year in a row that CCISD has been selected for the meritorious Budget Award. Developed by ASBO for school districts, the MBA criteria guide school business officials toward a quality school budget presentation by enhancing the school business officials’ skills in developing, analyzing, and presenting a school system budget. ING is honored to sponsor the MBA program for the 9th consecutive year.

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Dr. Beth Dennard of Bright Futures Consulting recommends parents start by finding a consultant who can help students understand themselves, their motivation, and their interests. Dennard uses the “Birkman Method,” a 298-question personality assessment that combines motivational, behavioral, and interest evaluation into one assessment. The Birkman allows Dennard to tailor services and even select colleges that will best fit the individual student. Successful college admission is not about school names, perceived prestige, or rankings in national publications. It’s about finding the ‘best fit’ school for each student to thrive, grow, and pursue their interests and passions. Parents should find a consultant who not only has college admissions knowledge, but also the appropriate experience, training, and who follows strict ethical guidelines.

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A consultant needs to know the latest trends in admissions and should continually update his or her college knowledge by visiting colleges around the country to learn ‘from the horse’s mouth,’ what schools offer students and what they’re looking for in successful applicants. Additionally, it is best to find a consultant who has demonstrated experience and expertise in the field and one who seeks ongoing professional development from organizations such as the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), or the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, (NACAC). Members of HECA and NACAC must abide by ethical guidelines and principles of good practice. Finally, it is important that consultants provide a clear, in-writing explanation of their services and charges. These should be discussed upfront and formalized in a written contract between the family and the consultant. Families need to know what they’re getting for their money when they sign up with a consultant. A quality educational consultant’s services are not cheap. However, compared with what most families pay for private tutoring, athletic coaching, or music lessons over the course of a child’s life, it’s a bargain and a tremendous investment in a child’s future.

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Bay Forest School News Falcon Pass Elementary School News

www2.ccisd.net/OurSchools/FalconPass.aspx GO VOYAGERS!

2013 CCISD Bond Election

The CCISD School Board has called for a $367 million bond to address district growth, safety, aging facilities, and technology for 21st century learning and more. As a Clear Creek ISD voter, please make plans to attend a Special Community Meeting on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at 6:30 pm in the Falcon Pass Elementary Library. Falcon Pass Principal, Monica Giuffre, will present the elements of the proposed bond, the tax impact the bond would have on property owners, and answer audience questions. Election Day is May 11, 2013. Early Voting begins on April 29. Falcon Pass Elementary will host early voting on the campus on Friday, May 3, from 8:30 am - 11:30 am. For more information on the 2013 Clear Creek Schools Bond, visit www.ccisd.net/2013bond.

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FPE PTA Purchases Shade Structures

After several years of saving and planning, the FPE PTA Shade Structure committee, led by Chairman, Joy King, a Bay Forest resident, has purchased and gifted a 40’ x 60’ shade structure over part of the hard top at FPE. This structure will provide shade during recess, a covered area for special events, and most importantly, serve as an outdoor classroom. Picnic tables and benches have been ordered to complete the outdoor classroom. The committee is also planning to purchase and gift a shade structure over a portion of the playground area before the beginning of the 20132014 school year. Thank you to the committee, and especially to Joy King for all of her dedication to the project.

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Bay Forest Resident (Falcon Pass News continued on page 19)

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Bay Forest School News Career Day May 17th

If you have a fun or interesting job, or are retired from a fun or interesting job, please consider sharing your work experiences with Falcon Pass students by participating in FPE’s Career Day on May 17th. Please contact school counselor, Ann Johnson bjohnso1@ccisd.net if you are willing to spend a couple of hours sharing your career with our students.

5th Grade Field Trip to Washington DC

A group of FPE 5th graders have just returned from the annual 5th grade field trip to Washington DC. These lucky kids and their chaperones enjoyed the sights and sounds of our nation’s capital over Spring Break.

(Falcon Pass News continued on page 20)

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FPE PTA Scholarship

The Falcon Pass Elementary PTA offers one (1) $250 scholarship to a graduating Clear Lake High School senior. This scholarship will support a former Falcon Pass Elementary student who is focused on achieving their career goals through higher education. The scholarship committee will consider the following factors in evaluating applications: service and participation in school activities, community involvement, career goals, work experience, a written essay, scholastic merit, and overall impression. Eligibility Requirements: • Applicant must have attended CCISD schools for at least four years, two of which must have been at Falcon Pass Elementary, and be a graduating senior at Clear Lake HS. • Applicant must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above. • Applicant must plan to be enrolled full-time in an accredited college, university, or technical institute in the fall semester immediately following his/her high school graduation. • Applicant cannot have an immediate family member on the Falcon Pass Elementary PTA Scholarship Committee during their application year. • Applicant may not have their name or any other proper names appear in the content of their essay. Instructions to Apply: • Complete all portions of the application –make sure to include all of the following items (typed or in black ink). • Provide a one-page resume listing school activities, community involvement, and any special recognition or awards the applicant received while in high school. Please list any work experience during high school and provide a brief statement of future goals. • Include (2) two letters of recommendation. One from a CLHS faculty member and one non-faculty, i.e. club sport coach, minister, or an employer. • A signed Counselor’s Report to include SAT or ACT scores, and a current transcript. • A 300-word essay discussing how parent involvement and PTA have impacted the applicant’s education and decision to continue his or her education. Or, describe your best memory/ memories of Falcon Pass Elementary. Proper names must not appear in the content of the essay. • Turn in the completed application to the Falcon Pass Elementary office by April 30, 2013. If mailing, please send to Falcon Pass PTA, Attn. PTA President, 2465 Falcon Pass Drive Houston, TX 77062. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. Selection and Notification The Falcon Pass PTA Scholarship Committee will make the selection of the scholarship winner. Recipients will be notified in early May by email and/or US mail. Applicants who receive the PTA scholarships must provide proof of current enrollment from their chosen education institution to the FPE PTA by October 31, 2013. Please mail your proof of enrollment after your school’s census day to Falcon Pass PTA, Attn: President, 2465 Falcon Pass Drive, Houston, TX 77062. Upon receipt of the above, a check for the scholarship amount will be sent directly to the educational institution. (Falcon Pass News continued on page 21)

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Support FPE When You Shop at Kroger or Randalls

Please consider linking Falcon Pass Elementary PTA to your Kroger Plus and Randalls Remarkable Cards. Both of our neighborhood grocery stores offer programs that donate a percentage of your eligible grocery purchases to local charities, including FPE PTA. It only takes a minute to sign up for this FREE program. HOUSTON/AUSTIN Randalls Good Neighbor Program: Print and complete the Good Neighbor form at http://shop.safeway.com/corporate/randalls/GN_ Complete this portion to link your Remarkable Card to the charity of your choice. You can choose to link up to three charities. Contact your charity of choice and ask if they HOUSTON_AUSTIN.pdf FPE PTA’s Charity are a member of our Good Neighbor Program or ask the Courtesy Booth for the GNP number number is 9944. Turn in your completed form at the of a particular charity. To learn about the Good Neighbor Program, go to www.randalls.com. courtesy booth at Randalls. REMARKABLE CARD NUMBER:

Good Neighbor Program

Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Program: Enrollment in Kroger’s Neighbor to Neighbor Charity to beProgram added to your card: must be renewed eachCharity year toafter July from 1. your card: be deleted 1. Charity # __________ Print and bring the FPE barcode 1. letter at http://www. Charity # __________ 2. Charity # __________ krogerneighbortoneighbor.com/pdf/10000090615.pdf 2. Charity # __________ to 3. theCharity courtesy#booth to enroll or renew your3.participation the __________ Charity #in __________ program. FPE’s Charity number for July 2012-May 2013 is #90615. ________________ __________________________________________ Don't know your card number? Call Customer Care at 1-877-723-3929.

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If you would like to join the email distribution list and receive ________________ __________________________________________ the on-line monthly newsletter “Falcon Passages,” email your full APPLICANT SIGNATURE DATE name and email address to falconpasspta@gmail.com. PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD RANDALLS COURTESY BOOTH OFFICE USE ONLY: STORE # __________ COURTESY BOOTH: SEND THIS COMPLETED FORM TO THE MAILROOM - ATTN: DATA CENTER OF ARIZONA

APRIL FPE Dates to Remember

9th Staff lunch by PTA Staff Appreciation Committee 10th 4th grade Knights Club meeting 16th PTA Executive Board Meeting at 11:30 am 16th PTA Meeting at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria, Chick-fil-A pre-ordered dinner will be available 16th Special Community 2013 Bond Meeting with Mrs. Giuffre in the Library at 6:30 pm 23rd-24th STAAR Testing 25th 5th grade Knights Club meeting 26th SPIRIT DAY !! 29th 4th grade 2B Friends meeting

May FPE Dates to Remember

2nd Coffee Talk with CCISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith 2nd JSC Deposit Day 3rd Early Release 12:15 pm 3rd Donuts with Dads 3rd Early Voting at FPE 8:30 - 11:30 am 6th-10th Teacher Appreciation Week 6th 4th grade Knights Club meeting 7th Staff lunch by PTA Staff Appreciation Committee 10th 1st grade Musical and Tea 13th 3rd grade 2B Friends club meeting 14th-15th STAAR Re-test 16th Senior Tea 2:45pm 16th 5th grade 2B Friends Club meeting 17th PTA Executive Board Meeting 11:30 am 17th PTA Executive New Board Meeting 12:30 p.m. 17th Career Day

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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

“In the Footsteps of Marco Polo” Film Viewing and Discussion at the Freeman Branch Library The Clear Lake City County-Freeman Branch Library invite you once again to join us on April 15th at 6:30 pm at the Marge Jacobson Community Room for a free viewing of the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary "In the Footsteps of Marco Polo," presented by Francis O'Donnell, one of the films two participants and producers. Following the viewing, O'Donnell will be available to answer questions about his and Denis Belliveau's amazing journey through strange and forbidding territories on the other side of the world. If you enjoy traveling, history, or adventure, then you won't want to miss this! Light refreshments will be served at this program made possible by support of the Friends of Freeman Library.

Girl Scout Express! (Online Program) in April

Are you a Girl Scout attempting to complete Girl Scout Journeys? The Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library continues its “Girl Scout Express!” program that's designed for Girl Scouts and Girl Scout Leaders with busy schedules. On Thursday, April 11th, written guides for Girl Scout Journeys will be available via Google Drive. Session IV will be posted online on Google Drive for the following Girl Scout Journeys: • 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals! (Daisy Scouts) • A World of Girls (Brownie Scouts) • aMUSE (Junior Scouts) • MEdia (Cadette Scouts) • Mission: Sisterhood! (Senior Scouts) • BLISS (Ambassador Scouts) All Sessions for the "aMAZE" (Cadettes) and "Sow What?" (Seniors Girl Scouts) are also available. This program is made possible by support of the Friends of Freeman Library.

Greek Spelling Bee Competition

The Clear Lake City County- Freeman Branch Library has a series of events in preparation for the Greek Festival in May and in September 2013. We invite children to participate in a Spelling Bee at the Marge Jacobs Meeting Room on Thursday, April 18th at 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Come for books, food, Greek related activities and participate in a mock Greek spelling bee. Join us on Thursday, April 25th at 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Computer Lab on the second floor for a database demonstration (Mango Language) to prepare you for the Greek Spelling Bee. The live competition will be at the Greek Festival in May at the Clear Lake Park Pavilion and also at the Greek Festival in September at Kemah. Please contact the Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library at 281-488-1906 regarding any questions

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Community News

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

Clear Lake City-County

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

TGIF Programs & UHCL/CLASP Lone Star Flight Museum: Flying Through History The Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library TGIF Programs & UHCL/CLASP invite adults of all ages to TGIF Programs. On Friday, April 5th at 10:30 am in the Marge Jacobson Meeting Room, Larry Gregory, president, Lone Star Flight Museum, will tell us about this museum at Ellington Airport.

Back to the Bayou: Rockin' Our Roots 2013 Gala Benefiting Armand Bayou Nature Center Saturday, April 27, 2013 6:30 - 10:30 pm at Armand Bayou Nature Center Honoring Mayor Johnny Isbell, City of Pasadena and Celebrating our "Roots" Visit www.abnc.org for more details.

Arcadia Trio Concert

Please join us on Friday, April 12th at 10:30 am at the Marge Jacobson Meeting Room for a concert performed by the Arcadia Music Trio. The Arcadia Trio is Alice Steele (Violin), Norma Williams (Flute), and Karen Akkerman (cello). They will play a variety of music of different styles and periods for us.

eReader Round-Up

Did you know that you could read digital media on your Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, iPad, and/or a number of electronic devices? If you’d like to learn how to borrow these eBooks and eAudio for free, then please join us Friday, April 19th at 10:30 AM in the Marge Jacobson Community Room for eReader Round-Up. We will have staff to assist you with checking out material from the HCPL Digital Media Catalog.

Friday Film Series

The Friday Film Series continues on Friday, April 26th at 10:15 am in the Marge Jacobson Community Room. Please join us as we watch a classic 1934 romantic comedy. To find out the title, please contact us! Light refreshments are provided by the Friends of Freeman Library. Please contact the Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, TX 77062 or at 281-488-1906 regarding any questions.

Summer EcoCamp 2013 EcoCamp, a day camp for 4 to 13 year olds, provides unique oportunities for children to explore the wonders of our Upper Texas Gulf Coast ecosystems with indoor and outdoor activities from story telling and crafts, to trail hikes and wildlife encounters, to canoeing and fishing. Participants will not only learn about the environment and connect with nature, but will get plenty of exercise too! All camp sessions are designed by educators, feature small group sizes and are perfect for the young and curious. Each EcoCamp session is a week long and they are available regularly throughout June and July. Click for more details! EcoCamp is partially underwritten by Union Pacific who wants everyone to get outside and enjoy nature!

New Volunteer Orientation April 6th and 13th

If you enjoy being in nature, meeting like minded people, greeting visitors or working with our naturalist instructors and cultural docents as they guide school field trips, outreach programs or give on site demonstrations, please join us at ABNC on April 6th or 13th from 9:00 am -1:00 pm. Our staff and volunteers will introduce you to the many ways you can get outdoors and help the Nature Center. The sessions will cover the history and mission of ABNC, immediate opportunities for training, and upcoming events. This is a great group of people, aged 18 and over, who give their time on weekdays and weekends to help with the various programs from education to conservation. Teen volunteer opportunities are also available. Opportunities exist to lead educational field trips, participate in land management and conservation projects, meet and greet guests and aid in the gift shop or build and repair facilities. We are also looking for skilled and unskilled individuals who can do carpentry, electrical work, mowing and repairs. Be prepared to walk outdoors. Please RSVP if you plan to attend to 281-474-2551x14 or join us that day.

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Bay Forest Contacts OFFICERS - Bay Forest Community Association

President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Director

Dennis Fouty dennisfouty@gmail.com Gene Fisseler gfisseler@gmail.com John Haas Barbara McCollum Dan Pias

832-377-1222

COMMITTEES - Bay Forest Community Association

ARC Dennis Fouty arc@bayforest.info 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/Tennis Dan Pias pool@bayforest.info 281-480-7266 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 Trash Service Oversight Gene Fisseler Long Range Planning Dennis Fouty dennisfouty@gmail.com Realtor Advisory Board Dennis Fouty Community Relations Gene Fisseler community@bayforest.info Management Oversight Dennis Fouty Crime/Community Watch Gene Fisseler www.clcw.org Website Oversight Dennis Fouty dennisfouty@gmail.com Nominating Committee John Haas

ORGANIZATIONS

Garden Club Katy Lednicky www.GBTB.org 281-488-5655 Gourmet Club Alex Valenti alix_valenti@msn.com Mommies’ Club Joy King mommies@bayforest.info 281-486-1834 Blue Marlins 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 Randy Derr 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

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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 CLHS 9th Grade Center 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

281-284-2400 Fax: 281-284-2905 Office Hours: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm School Hours: 7:20 am to 2:30 pm

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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).

THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ARTICLES OR ADS IS THE 20TH OF THE MONTH. Bay Forest ~ April 2013

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