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Butterfly Garden Page 6

Yard of the Month Page 7

Congratulating Grads Page 12

Bay Forest Annual

Independence Day Bike Parade

When: Thursday, July 4th 8:30 am -- Get Ready... Celebration begins! Where: Bay Forest Pool & Park Who:

The young and young at heart

Decorate your rides and yourselves! Prizes will be given for the best decorated bike in each parade. The Mommies’ Club will be providing snacks and cool drinks for everyone. The pool opens at 11:00 am so bring your pool gear and make a day of it!

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Bay Forest Community Association News

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 p.m. Meetings are open to all Bay Forest homeowners and held at the Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, 1511 El Dorado Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77062. A Board Meeting was held on May 20, 2013. Board members in attendance included Dennis Fouty, John Haas, Barbara McCollum, and Dan Pias. No other homeowners attended. To contact the Bay Forest Community Manager, email or call 832.224.6446. The mailing address for the Bay Forest Community Association is 15715 Lake Lodge Drive, Houston, Texas 77062.

Bay Forest Sidewalks – The Next Step

In last month’s newsletter, sidewalks and their maintenance was brought to your attention. We hope you have done a self-assessment and have repaired or at least scheduled to have repaired any of your sidewalks that do not meet the sidewalk standards. The standards are – • No significant cracking exists – cracks greater than one (1) inch. • No trip hazard exists - a change in vertical elevation (from one section to the next) greater than one (1) inch • The surface is stable. • No use of a top coat or surface patching. We have completed a preliminary inspection of the sidewalks in the community and will begin issuing deed violation notices to homeowners who have sidewalks not in compliance with the above standards.

Trash Out Early (TOE) Violations

Last month we also recapped our community’s policies on putting the trash out. A number of homeowners have raised concerns about folks around them keeping trash at the curb for extended periods of time. Below are practices we all need to follow.

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• RECYCLING and DOMESTIC waste is picked up at the BACK DOOR. • GREEN (YARD) waste and HEAVY trash is picked up at the CURB. • Please DO NOT place any RECYCLING and DOMESTIC waste at the curb. • Placement of items at the curb prior to the evening immediately preceding pick-up (i.e., on Sunday evenings and Wednesday evenings only) will result in an issuance of a notice of deed restriction violation.


There has been a rash of home break-ins in Bay Forest and its surrounding neighborhoods over the past several weeks. Apparently, one suspect goes to the front door and sees if anyone answers. If there is no answer, the suspect goes to the back door, and, if there is no answer, they break a window or door glass and enter the home.

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A number of homeowners have reported seeing a young couple – an African American male and an African America female – demonstrating suspicious behavior. They have been seen in an older "bronze" color sedan and a blue smaller car. What has hampered apprehension of these suspects is the unwillingness of our neighbors who have witnessed this suspicious activity to report it to the Houston Police Department. The most effective deterrent to crime in our community is for all of us to "get comfortable" with reporting suspicious activities to HPD. Your report simply results in an investigation. An arrest only results if a crime has been determined to have been perpetrated.

Protect Your Home

Criminals are not generally bright. Anything that makes your home less vulnerable to a successful break-in will cause criminals to move on to an easier target. There are several things that make your home less vulnerable…a barking dog, an alarm system, a locked back gate, etc. • Make your home look occupied and make it difficult to break into. • If a stranger comes to your door – and you are home – do not answer the door, but make them aware someone is home so they won’t be tempted to break into a vacant home. • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house, even if it is for a short time. • Activate your home security alarm systems at all times. • Place valuables out of sight from doors and windows. • Keep your garage door closed and locked. • Leave lights on when you go out. • If gone for extended periods, use automatic timers on lamps to turn them on in the evening and off during the day. • Cancel daily deliveries of newspapers, flyers, or packages while you are away. • Install deadbolt locks on all your exterior doors.

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HPD has put extra officers on duty in both marked and unmarked patrols. HPD is doing all it can to catch these criminals. HPD does, however, need our help. Please report suspicious activities. If you see any suspicious activity in Bay Forest, contact HPD (call 911) or 713-884-3131 (non-emergency)

Alarm Permits

HPD will not respond to a monitored alarm unless it is permitted by the City of Houston. HPD advised an alarm company that was reporting a break-in, that they would not respond to the call because the homeowner did not have an alarm permit. So if you have a monitored alarm, make sure the alarm permit is current and the alarm company knows the permit number. You can apply, pay and receive it on-line in a matter of minutes. Just visit the City of Houston website ATB_ Login.aspx Don't forget to give your permit number (code) to the company that monitors your alarm system.

Community Alert - May 20, 2013 SYNOPSIS • A home in the 15700 Block of Lake Lodge Drive was broken into on May 20th around Noon. • The alarm was set and went off when the break-in occurred. • The intruder did leave quickly AND was spotted by an alert homeowner who heard the alarm sounding. • The homeowner called 911 and gave a description to the police. • Below is the information on the suspect seen leaving the home - Young African American male - Left in older "bronze" color sedan.

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Bay Forest Annual Independence Day Bike Parade Join us for the annual Bay Forest Bike Parade. Prizes will be given for the best decorated bike in each parade. 8:30 am – Come to the pool with your decorated bike, air up your tires and get ready for the parade. 9:00 am – Little Kiddo Parade (1/2 mile) 9:20 am – Big Kid Parade (1 ¼ miles)

Line the Route

One of the best things is for folks to line the parade route and cheer on the parade riders. A map of the route is above. The blue route is for the little kids and it will occur between 9:00 and 9:20 am. The red route is for the big kids and will occur between 9:20 and 9:40 am. You can listen for the parade music to know they are coming. Please make your way to the parade route, wave your flags and make some noise to celebrate the riders and our country’s Independence Day.

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Neighborhood News Bay Forest Butterfly Garden by Jennifer King

I was inspired by a coworker in the MDO program at Clear Lake United Methodist Church. She had an indoor butterfly enclosure and taught me all about the Monarch butterfly which is commonly found in our area. Monarchs only lay their eggs on milkweed plants; once the egg becomes a caterpillar, then milkweed is the only food they will eat. The lifecycle stages of the Monarch are egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. I bought a milkweed and once I saw eggs and caterpillars on it, I used screen to protect and cover it and last year released 14 Monarch butterflies. For Valentine’s Day this year, my husband Bob created an outdoor enclosure for me. This year I have released 2 butterflies, but currently have over 25 chrysalises waiting to hatch. Providing ample milkweed is a challenge. I’ve purchased it from garden centers, have been given it by a gardener friend, and grew my own from seeds. My goal for next year is to designate an area in my backyard where I can plant a Milkweed garden. This spring, I was inspired to have a butterfly garden so I purchased a butterfly book and created a flowerbed in my backyard with plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. One of my favorite things to do that helps me to relax is to sit outside on my patio and watch all the wonderful things that God has created.



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Bay Forest Yard of the Month Nigel and Nora Wright, at 15843 Scenic View, are the Yard of the Month selection for the south side of the neighborhood. They have done a wonderful job bringing this lovely yard back to life, and now it is brimming with color. Geraniums, Petunias, Roses and Phlox provide deep saturated color that won't fade with summer sun. Graceful urns of red Geraniums by the street welcome visitors up the brick-lined front walk

which flows around a miniature bed just exactly big enough to hold the large urn overflowing with white Petunias. Beds on each side of the house are raised and held in place with sandstone. Delicate blue Phlox edges every bed providing consistency and symmetry. Geraniums and shrubs fill out the middle parts of the beds while Knock-out Roses anchor the back.

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Bay Forest Yard of the Month Congratulations to Warren and Judy True! Their home, 15306 Montwood Court, was selected Yard of the Month for the north side of Bay Forest this month. This yard is an excellent example of good planning and design. Many of us have to contend with a yard that slopes sharply to the street. The Trues have dealt with that by placing a large bed over the steepest part of the slope. Besides preventing the lawn from being "scalped" by a law mower, this bed provides a lot of texture and interest to the yard. Part of the reason this yard always looks so well maintained is

the hardscaping. The sandstone borders do a wonderful job of keeping the beds where they belong and preventing them from spilling over on the walkway and lawn, while at the same time drawing attention to the delicately flowering shrubs. Also, notice how the beds in front of the house expand out to encompass the young Oak trees. The trees are placed far enough away from foundations and driveways, but the curve of the bed keeps them connected to the house.

If you see a yard that you feel deserves to be recognized as a Yard of the Month, please send us an email at with the address of your nomination.

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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 or 281-286-7471.

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Neighborhood Swim Team Blue Marlins “Welcome to the Tank!” Swim team has officially started! Congratulations to the many new swimmers who are now part of the Blue Marlin Swim Team! We would like to thank our Blue Marlin parents and teens, who took time from their schedules to help with our “new swimmers” training, as they filled in for our coaches who were wrapping up their college exams. A huge welcome to our new coaches, and also to our dedicated returning coaches from previous years! This year, all team information will be posted on our new website, Families will be able to check practice status, swim meet details, purchase spirit gear, and even note their volunteer preferences for swim meets. We are very excited about the new website changes and the new swim activities planned this season. Time Trials were a huge success! It allowed swimmers a chance to participate in a real meet situation, establishing swim times for various strokes. These initial race times allow our coaches & staff to place our swimmers in the appropriate race heats for future meets. A huge “thank you” to all our parent volunteers who made the time trial meet possible! We only ran one shift, which was longer than normal, in order to finish up early. As always, our Blue Marlin parents are what make our swim team successful, in addition to our very talented swimmers!

Swimmers had the opportunity to purchase their (optional) team swimsuits which were for sale during time trials. If you were unable to make Saturday’s meet, no worries, as you can always purchase online on our website; or through the Texas Swim Shop However, visiting the actual store allows swimmers to get the correct size. And as always, spirit gear will be available at all home meets to purchase t-shirts, stickers, tattoos, and swim caps. With one meet under our belts, and hopefully, all the kinks worked out . . . We are ready for the season to continue in June! Go Mighty Marlins! Ivan J. Dominguez, President Brooks Blue Marlins 2013 Cell: (713) 339-0835 • (BLUE MARLINS continued on page 11)

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Neighborhood Swim Team


Meet Schedule:

June 1st – Meet #2 Clear Lake Forest Fins @ Clear Lake Forest June 8th – Meet #3 Seabrook Stingrays @ Bay Forest Pool June 15th – Meet #4 South Belt Sharks @ Ashley Point Aquatics June 22nd – Meet #5 Harbor Tide @ Bay Forest Pool June 28th-30th – Champ Meet series @ Texas City Natatorium

Coaches Corner: Coach Patra Katsigiannis began swimming competitively at the age of ten for the Space City Aquatic (SCAT) club team. While in high school, most of Patra's time was spent varsity swimming (Clear Lake HS- 4 years), playing varsity and club water polo (4 years), and teaching swim lessons. After high school, she attended Vanderbilt University where she just earned a Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Management. She will now be pursuing a Master's Degree in Health Care Administration at Trinity University in the fall. The 2013 season will be Coach Patra's third year coaching for the Blue Marlins .


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Coach Patra will be the head coach for the Brookforest pool, and assist all swimmers ages 5—10 years of age. She will have four assistant coaches helping her this season.

Coach Sarah Varisco began swimming with the Blue Marlins when she was six years old. Sarah continued to swim in high school for Clear Lake and still swims on the club team at her college. Sarah attends Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington where she studies criminal justice, public relations, and business. Coach Sarah hopes to attend law school after college. When coach Sarah isn't coaching you can probably find her reading a good book or eating one of her favorite cream! This is Coach Sarah’s fourth season with the Blue Marlins and she is looking forward to a fun and exciting season! Coach Sarah will be the head coach for the Bay Forest pool, and assist all swimmers ages 11-18 years of age. She will have Luke Romanko as her assistant coach this season. June/July 2013


Adriana NunezMcDermott is going to

graduate in June 2013 from Clear Falls High School. She has been accepted into Texas State University and will study International Finance. Her senior year, Adriana received an Academic Achievement medal. During high school, she participated in the DECA program for work in the field of Hospitality. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools. Adriana worked in the rotation at the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake.

Taylor Karnilaw will be

attending SOKA University of America in Aliso Viejo, California to study psychology and swim on the swim team. Graduating from Clear Brook High School summa cum laude, she was class historian, received the senior medallion, was a four year superintendent scholar, a four year varsity swimmer, and was a NHS member.

Trace Oswald is graduating from Clear Lake with the 2013 class. Trace has played four years of football at Lake. Two have been Varsity. He was a starting offensive tackle playing Junior Varsity his freshman and sophomore years. Trace then converted to starting Defensive End for Varsity his junior and senior years. Finishing out his senior year Trace made second team All District and was voted the team's Outstanding Defensive Lineman. Trace has accepted a scholarship and committed to play football at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska. Danny Woodhead is an alumni from there. Trace heads off to football camp this August. Trace's ultimate future goal is to enter the NFL in the coming years! Trace also played freshman A team basketball and has been "All District" for track and field in discus. He's played 7 years of CLBB for several championship teams. His senior team this past spring won the championship. Trace has also played Clear Lake Lacrosse during his freshman and sophomore years. He has been an all around athlete! Trace is involved with Future Christian Athletes and the National Society of High School Scholars. Other accolades include Homecoming Court for 2012 and being crowned Prom King for the class of 2013. He will be traveling to Bonaire this summer with his whole family for a senior trip. Further, he has started a business (Falcon Powerwashing). The slogan is "It ain't clean until it's Falcon Clean!" Please call him. All jobs will help towards football camp. Trace can be reached at (713) 922-0653 or

Emily Varisco will graduate

from Clear Lake High School where she was on the Swim and Water Polo teams. She received the Regents Scholarship and Athletic Scholarship (Water Polo). Emily will attend Concordia University in Irvine, CA.

Daniel Massimino

will be graduating Summa Cum Laude from Clear Lake High School. Here he is Swim TeamCaptain and Water Polo-Captain. In the fall Daniel will be attending Columbia University to study engineering.

Christopher Ng has graduated from the University of Redlands, California. He was a Phi Beta Kappa and the VicePresident of the Biology Club.

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2013 MaryHelen Fouty

will be graduating from Clear Lake High School where she was active on the Varsity Swim Team and Water Polo Team. In the fall she will be attending college at the University of Houston.

Justice Garza,

daughter of Keith & Carrie Owens, will soon graduate from Clear Lake High School where she is a member of CLHS FFA as well as the CLHS Livestock Judging Team. She raised a swine which placed 3rd in its class and a steer which placed 1st in its class at the CCISD Livestock Show. She is also currently a Teacher's Assistant at Clear Lake Montessori. Justice will spend her Freshman year at San Jacinto College. She then plans to transfer to either Stephen F. Austin State University or Texas A&M University, where she plans to major in Agriculture Education.

Patrick Zimmerman Jamie Irwin: Is working

at Deloitte and Touche, International Tax. She graduated from Texas A&M Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Accounting and a Masters of Science in Finance. She was a member of the Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity.

Austin Hinners is a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and is graduating Summa Cum Laude from Clear Lake High School. He has received his Eagle Scout Award. Austin was awarded the Falcon Pass Elementary PTA Scholarship. He will be attending The University of Texas at Austin in the fall and will pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Alexander LaRochelle

has received an Associates degree from San Jacinto College on May 11th. He will report to the United States Military Academy at West Point for boot camp on July 1st. Congressman Pete Olson presented him with his Primary Nomination to the Academy. Alexander has been active in Bushi Ban Martial Arts.

currently attends Clear Lake High School. He has lettered in Football, Band, Science Fair, and National Honor Society. He also received the President's Service Award in NHS. He was in the senior musical, Footloose, and was captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team. He is a Commended National Merit Scholar, a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, and an Advanced Placement Scholar with honors. He is an Eagle Scout in Troop 957. Patrick plans to begin Baylor University's pre-med program this fall & is a recipient of their President's Gold Scholarship.


Sciacca will be attending UT Tyler, and is committed to play volleyball for The Patriots. Sarah will be pursuing her nursing degree, with the goal to become a labor and delivery nurse. This past year at CLHS has been an amazing year for Sarah, as CLHS Volleyball brought the team to State (after a 21 year drought.) Additionally, The CLHS Full Orchestra earned First Place Gold In New York City. CLHS competed at The Lincoln Center in March, performing in the Alice Tully Hall at The Forte’ Music Festival. By invitation only, 7 National top orchestras competed. Sarah is a Chamber harpist and has been playing for 7 years. CLHS Orchestra earned the title of ‘Texas State Honor Orchestra,’ having placed First in competition for two years in a row at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) conference, and performed both years in San Antonio at the Lila Cockrell Center. June/July 2013


Sarah Cravens: Just two

years after graduating from Clear Horizons Early College High School, Sarah Cravens graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Austin College in Sherman, TX. She is graduating summa cum laud and was inducted into multiple honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Chi and Psi Chi. She majored in Psychology, minored in American Studies and completed all of the requirements for the Early Childhood – 6th grade teaching certification. Sarah is a member of a sorority, little sister in a fraternity, the Kangaroo mascot, and was elected 2012 Homecoming Queen. Sarah logged 100 hours of community service through a variety of organizations. She is a mentor in the Austin Teacher Program and a member of ACtivators (AC youth ministry team). Sarah starts her graduate level classes at Austin College one week after graduation. She is on track to graduate in May, 2014 with a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching.


Cravens graduates from The University of Texas at Austin with a Master of Arts degree in Communication Speech Disorders – Speech-Language Pathology. Libby’s thesis involved a study she designed and executed to compare the storytelling abilities of deaf and hearing, elementaryage children. Libby has passed her Praxis exam and is interviewing exclusively in the Austin area for a Certification Fellowship Year position – both of which are required prior to full certification. While a graduate student, Libby was an NCAA tutor and a Teaching Assistant. She completed Externships at Texas School for the Deaf and a non-profit clinic for post-stroke clients without insurance. Libby’s sports passion continues to be playing Ultimate Frisbee – she was a proud member of the highly competitive UT women’s program for all five years of eligibility. They competed in the May, 2012 Women’s Collegiate National Championships in Denver, CO, where they placed 5th. Libby also started a co-ed club team that competed in the October, 2012 Club National Championships in Sarasota, Florida, where they also happened to place 5th. She is looking forward to the next step of her journey and the last one prior to obtaining her license. Sara Miranda-Mohebpour

Sara is a senior at Clear Lake High School. The first time she entered a beauty contest, she did not expect to win Miss Teen Kemah! Sara plans to go to LIM College in New York City to study Fashion Business Merchandise and hopes to someday own a modeling agency.

Jonathan Christ, son of

Mark and Stephanie Christ, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University in College Station with a dual degree in International Studies and French and a Minor in Japanese. He was also named a Phi Beta Kappa Scholar and was a nominee for this year’s Brown Foundation- Earl Rudder Memorial outstanding graduating student award.

While at A&M Jonathan was actively involved in volunteerism including co-founder of United Way On Campus and in Aggie Hosts. He was selected to participate in the Cornerstone Program and was also a two- time recipient of the Public Policy Internship Scholarship. He interned for a semester in Washington, D.C. at the State Department as a Project Manager in Translation Services. He was also an intern for the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France in the Commercial Services Bureau where he worked to foster trade between the United States and France. Jonathan also received a Critical Language Scholarship to study for a summer in Kyoto, Japan. Additional studies were completed at The Sorbonne in Paris, France. Jonathan currently works as a contractor interpreter for the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. He hopes to attend graduate school in International Relations, Foreign Policy, or International Law.

Matthew Casso is a Summa

Cum Laude graduate from Clear Lake High School and a FourYear Superintendent Scholar. He was active in Computer Science Business Professionals of America competitions, played trumpet in the CL Band, and was awarded the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America. He will be attending Harvard University, where he plans to study Economics.

Nick Wendes graduated Cum Laude from A&M with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Nick starts his job @ Chevron Phillips in June after his baseball tour of a half dozen parks thoughout the Midwest. We are very proud of our Aggie! June/July 2013


Neighborhood Club News Bay Forest Mommies’ Club Plan to attend the 4th of July Bike Parade and show your spirit by decorating your bike. There should be more information about that event in this issue of the Bay Forest News. The Mommies Club will provide support for this event in the form of ice cold lemonade and snacks for after for those people who attend. Also, if you are on our e-mail distribution list, look for details on the annual Pool Party and Ice Cream Social to be held in July. Again, if you are interested in more information about any event please join our e-mail distribution list by contacting Joy King at the following e-mail: Also, by joining the e-mail distribution list, you will be among the first to hear about every opportunity to do fun things that occur during the summer. Sometimes there are impromptu swim gatherings, movie events, or trips to Kemah and/or Galveston with the kids. You are welcome to join us for any event. Hope to see you this summer!

Bay Forest Gourmet Club Our last big party of the season was a huge success despite a torrential downpour just before the party was set to begin. Our Tex-Mex theme included many delicious entrées, appetizers, and desserts, including the Tequila Lime Shrimp, the recipe for which is provided below. The Gourmet Club will take the summer off and resume again in September with a new theme and set of menus. We hope that you will think about joining – the recipes are mostly simple and ones that you will want to make again. For more information, send an email to Alix at Happy Summer!

Tequila Lime Shrimp

2 pounds shrimp 2 cups julienned jicama 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup tequila 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 3 or 4 jalapeño chilies, seeded, finely chopped 1 or 2 green onions, thinly sliced cilantro and jalapeño for garnish Cover the shrimp with water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil until the shrimp turn pink; drain. (Cooking time varies according to size of shrimp. Boil medium-large shrimp (25 to30 count) for 3 minutes.) Peel and devein the shrimp. Place the shrimp and jicama in a sealable plastic bag. Whisk the oil and tequila in a bowl. Whisk in the sugar. Stir in the cilantro, jalapeño chilies and green onions. Pour over the shrimp mixture and seal tightly. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours, turning occasionally. Remove the shrimp from the bag. Pour the remaining marinade onto a platter with sides. Arrange the shrimp over the marinade. Garnish with sprigs of cilantro and additional jalapeño chilies. Serve with wooden picks.

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Bay Forest Community Pool Summer 2013 Schedule June 6

Last Day of School

1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

June 7 August 25

Tuesday - Sunday

11:00 am - 9:00 pm

July 4th

Join us for a Pool Party after the Bike Parade!

11:00 am - 9:00 pm

August 31September 2

Saturday, Sunday & Monday (Labor Day)

11:00 am - 9:00 pm

The pool is Closed on Mondays, except holidays; Sept 2 Labor Day.

Please Note: Pool opening will be delayed due to Blue Marlins Swim Meet on June 12.


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

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:, 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,

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Bay Forest School News


A Message From the Superintendent

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On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank you 'For' supporting the 2013 CCISD School Bond. Nearly 7 out of 10 voters said yes to the $367 million bond. If you were not one of them, we will work to earn your trust through transparent spending practices. We will keep you informed with timely updates on how this historic bond will improve the education of 40,000 students, transform the working environment for teachers, and equalize the learning and playing field in many ways. I am excited about using these bond dollars to rebuild McWhirter Elementary, rebuild the majority of Clear Lake High School, and finish the rebuild at Clear Creek High School. We will remove portable buildings at several schools and provide a safe permanent addition to accommodate the exponential growth in our area. We will install energy management systems, replace air conditioning units and improve roofs to make our schools more cost-efficient and return those utility savings to the classroom. We will give our world-class robotics, football, soccer, track, dance, band, and agriculture programs first-class facilities to match their talents. However, we will not go over the top. We will also purchase new propane school buses to ensure children are transported safely to and from school. We will replace aging musical instruments such as pianos and cellos because we value the arts in CCISD. We will be one of the largest school districts in the nation to deploy one computer per student in grades 4 through 12, and we will do it the right way. We will provide our teachers training, embed technology applications in curriculum, and teach our children the importance of good digital citizenship. We will accomplish our bond goals, on budget and on time. Your support of this bond will keep CCISD a great place to learn, live and work.

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June/July 2013


The Art and Science of CLHS

Several campus improvements were among the approved 20122013 PTSA Special Purchases - one of which was artwork for the "long white" science wing hallway! Ms. Matthies and students from her 2-D art classes began painting this past week. Students collaborated on the design and received the final approval from Ms. Dixon. One wall will spell SCIENCE utilizing various objects as the letters - the "S" is a DNA strand! The other wall will depict a mural entitled "The Landscape of Science".

Reunion Kick off Party Friday, June 14, 2013 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm at NASA Hilton pool side.

Main Event

Saturday, June 15, 2013 8:00 pm - Midnight at NASA Hilton Ballroom

Visit the class webpage for complete reunion weekend details and to purchase tickets.

Attention CLHS Class of 2017! Fish Camp is August 15! Fish Camp - Krueger Field House 9:00 am -12:00 pm Fish Mix - Ninth Grade Center (NGC) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Join the cheerleaders for a Pep Rally, hear the Falcon band play, learn the school song, attend Advisory class, get information about all the clubs, tour the campus and buildings, meet new teachers, enjoy some music, food & drinks,purchase Lake merchandise, buy a school planner, see old friends and make some new ones! Fish Camp is scheduled for Thursday, August 15 from 9:00 am to noon at the Krueger Field House directly followed by the Fish Mix in the Ninth Grade Center Commons from noon to 1:00 pm. If you would like to volunteer to help make packets on August 13-14 or help the day of Fish Camp, please contact Elizabeth Arceneaux. If you would like to volunteer at the Fish Mix , please contact Cathy Meilchen.

Clear Lake High School - Girls Water Polo - 2nd Place

2013-2014 District Calendar Approved The Clear Creek ISD 2013-2014 Academic Calendar was approved by the Clear Creek ISD Board of Trustees on December 17, 2012. View the approved 2013-2014 CCISD District Calendar.

June/July 2013


Falcon Pass Elementary School News GO VOYAGERS!

Principal’s Message


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As we wrap up this school year, it is important to spend time reflecting on what has gone well and set new goals for the upcoming year. Thank you to all of you who completed your child’s class placement inventory and campus survey. This will serve as great input as we work to make sure your child is in the best fit for a successful 2013-2014 school year.

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I’m sure you have heard both on the news and through CCISD media that we are facing impending changes due to budget cuts at the state level for education. While there will be some adjustments for next school year, I can assure you that what is best for students will remain at the top of our priority list and that all decisions will be made through that lens. As financial capital becomes limited, the need for “human capital” will become increasingly important to help fill in the gaps. I ask that you carefully consider partnering with both the PTA and school to volunteer your support next year. There will be many opportunities to step in and support students throughout the year and all types of talents and skills can be utilized! I wish all of our families a fun filled summer full of engaging day to day learning opportunities out in the real world. Please continue to make reading a top priority in your home over the summer. I thank all of the many parent volunteers for helping ensure another successful year for the Voyagers!!

Nurses Notes:

We are coming to the end of another wonderful and successful year at Falcon Pass. For those who have received a vision referral and have not returned the examination results to me, please do so as soon as you can. I will also be sending out vaccination notices that some students will need before the start of school next year. Be sure to bring the physician or clinic’s verification to me or to the office before August 26, 2013. Thank you all for allowing me to care for your children. Have a safe and fun summer. Marilyn Bluestein-Swartz, BSN,RN Falcon Pass Elementary School Nurse email:

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Freeman Branch Library 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, Texas 77062 (281) 488.1906 •

Children’s Summer Reading Program & Summer Fun Activities The Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library invites children to participate in our annual Summer Program. We offer a variety of events for children in addition to our summer reading program. Program description: • Summer Reading Fun for 2013 is for both readers and listeners, and will run from Monday, June 3rd to Saturday, August 10th. • Register online at or visit your local branch and library staff can assist you with registration. • Log books or time spent reading online or take a Reading Log home to track on paper. • After ten books or 500 minutes of reading have been completed, each child will earn a certificate and a book while supplies last. • Don’t stop there! Continue to read, attend free library programs, and enjoy books for the rest of the summer. Participate in the library’s incentive game and check online for additional prize drawings.

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June/July 2013


Clear Lake City-County

Freeman Branch Library 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, Texas 77062 (281) 488.1906 •

Teen & Tweens Reading Summer Program & Fun Activities The Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library invites teens and tweens to participate in our annual Summer Program. We offer a variety of afternoon events in addition to our reading program. They can register for the reading program and track the titles and/or number of minutes they’ve read online. Once they have completed the program, reading at least 5 books or for 600 minutes, they can drop by the library to pick up their glow-in-the-dark water bottle prize. Once they have completed the program, we encourage them to keep reading and attending teen/tween programs. Teens and Tweens who have registered for the reading program or attend summer events are eligible for random drawing prizes. Read on!


6/10 6/12 6/21 6/24 6/29

Teen Summer Reading Program Kick-Off at 2:30 pm Teens can compete for prizes in a life-size a live-action version of a classic video game. Make It, Take It: Woven Map Basket at 2:30 pm Use old maps in basket-weaving. Science Wednesday: Mason Jar Terrarium at 2:30 pm Bring a bit of the outdoors in with a homemade terrarium. Supplies are limited. Friday Fun: Mega-Games at 2:30 pm-Teens play super-sized versions of table-top games. Make It, Take It: Board Games at 2:30 pm - Develop and create one of your own. Super Saturday at 2:00 pm -Stop by the Teen Zone for a Super movie and craft.

Teens’ Choice Film Festival Stop by the Zone to pick up a ballot and voice your choice! Vote for your favorite movies in a variety of genres and we’ll watch the winning title. • 6/3 – Chick Flicks, beginning at 4:30 pm • 6/17 – Action & Adventure, beginning at 2:30 pm. Game On! at 2:30 pm -Join us every Thursday in June for board games, card/ video games more.


6/10 Yarn It! At 1:30 pm- Create creatures out of yarn. 6/11 Make It!: Mason Jar Terrarium at 1:30 pm- Make a homemade terrarium. Supplies are limited. 6/17 Picture Book Art at 1:30 pm- Make your own collage art inspired by the works of picture book artists. 6/18 Science Detectives: Crime Scene Investigation at 1:30 pm Learn some of the science behind crime detection. 6/24 Bluebonnet Books at 1:30 pm- Join us for a conversation about the Bluebonnet books and a craft. 6/24 Game Day! at 1:30 pm-Stop by and try your hand at a variety of board, card and video games. Tween Battle of the Books! Drop in the Children’s Department and pick up a ballot to vote for your favorite books. • Round One – Giants Beware by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado VS. Bake Sale by Sara Varon. Vote by June 14th • Round Two – The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate VS. An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo. Vote by June 28th

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

June/July 2013


The Shuttle and 747 Carrier coming to Space Center Houston

(8 kilometers) from Space Center Houston. To get the aircraft to the visitor center, its wings and tail will be removed, and its fuselage will be sectioned in three.

They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and that certainly goes for Space Center Houston's newly announced space shuttle exhibit.

The jumbo jet is expected to be in place at Space Center Houston by this November. The work to hoist the 130,000-pound (60,000-kilogram) shuttle mockup atop the airplane will follow during the first quarter of 2014.

Space Center Houston, which serves as the official visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center, revealed plans on May 2nd to display its full-size space shuttle mockup atop the historic jumbo jetliner that ferried the real orbiters after their return from space and delivered them to their museum homes. NASA transferred ownership of its original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), a modified Boeing 747 jet, to Space Center Houston on Thursday, setting in motion the visitor center's plans to pair the replica shuttle it received last June with the airplane that landed in Houston five months later. "This is an exciting day for Texans, as we accept the SCA from NASA and assume the awesome responsibility for its modifications, showcasing its legacy and adding a one-of-a-kind experience to our complex," said Richard Allen, president and chief executive officer of Space Center Houston. "We look forward to accepting the challenge of raising funds for this amazing endeavor as we prepare for the next phase of this major expansion." The new $12 million outdoor complex, named "The Shuttle and 747 Carrier," is to open to the public in February 2015. "The Shuttle and 747 Carrier will give visitors the world's first and only all-access pass to an authentic and realistic journey through the inside of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft as well as an unforgettable experience aboard the full-scale shuttle model," Space Center Houston stated in a release. "The up close and personal access to American aviation history will reveal the shuttle program's amazing ingenuity, clever innovation and aweinspiring complexity." An artist's rendering of the planned exhibit shows the 747 jumbo jet, known by its tail number "NASA 905," parked outside Space Center Houston where the space shuttle mockup sits today. A gantrylike structure sits next to the air- and spacecraft combo that will provide visitors the opportunity to climb inside both vehicles. The carrier aircraft is currently at Ellington Field, home to Johnson Space Center's aircraft operations, located about 5 miles

Before the model orbiter leaves the ground however, it will need to undergo some repairs and modifications, including the installation of attachment hardware to mount it on the back of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Space Center Houston also plans to upgrade the interior of the mockup, including replacing its earlyshuttle analog flight deck displays and controls with the "glass cockpit" digital version that was in use later in the program. The shuttle mockup arrived in Houston by barge from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, where it debuted in 1993. Known then by the name "Explorer," it was designed and built by aerospace replica manufacturer Guard-Lee Inc. using schematics, blueprints and archival documents provided by NASA and the shuttle contractors. NASA 905 was one of two Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in the space agency's fleet. The final ferry flight for the shuttle program delivered the retired Endeavour orbiter to Los Angeles for the California Science Center last year. The jumbo jet's final overall flight was in December, when it was flown for an hour-and-a-half proficiency flight from Ellington. In service to the shuttle program for 35 years, NASA 905 flew 70 out of the 87 ferry flights during the space shuttle program's operational phase, including 46 of the 54 post-mission flights from the Dryden Flight Research Center in California to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Converted from an American Airlines passenger jet, 905 was NASA's first SCA and it flew the 1977 approach and landing tests with the prototype orbiter Enterprise. Space Center Houston plans The Shuttle and 747 Carrier exhibit to be more than a public attraction, but also serve as the centerpiece for new educational programs to inspire students to consider careers in math and science fields. Click through to for more renderings of Space Center Houston's new The Shuttle and 747 Carrier exhibit and to keep updated on the status of the display.

By Robert Z. Pearlman

June/July 2013


Bay Forest Contacts OFFICERS - Bay Forest Community Association

President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Director

Dennis Fouty Gene Fisseler John Haas Barbara McCollum Dan Pias


COMMITTEES - Bay Forest Community Association

ARC Dennis Fouty ACLC Barbara McCollum 281-488-0123 Tennis - Mens Greg Blackburn H: 281-480-8280 C: 281-743-3802 Tennis - Womens Pam Doty 281-286-7471 Pool/Tennis Dan Pias 281-480-7266 Social Committee John Haas COA/Parks Dan Pias Yard of the Month John Haas Parking/Traffic Committee Gene Fisseler Trash Service Oversight Gene Fisseler Long Range Planning Dennis Fouty Realtor Advisory Board Dennis Fouty Community Relations Gene Fisseler Management Oversight Dennis Fouty Crime/Community Watch Gene Fisseler Website Oversight Dennis Fouty Nominating Committee John Haas

ORGANIZATIONS Garden Club Gourmet Club Mommies’ Club Blue Marlins

Katy Lednicky 281-488-5655 Alex Valenti Joy King 281-486-1834 Blue Marlins Hotline 832-247-5035


The Bay Forest Community Association can be contacted at: 15715 Lake Lodge Drive, Houston, Texas 77062


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

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: 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

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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Clear Lake High School

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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

The Bay Forest News Staff EDITOR: CIRCULATION:


Marita Moran (281) 660-4965 e-mail: 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, 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 There is no charge for a Bay Forest teen to adver­tise in the Teen Job Directory. Get your ad to Marita Moran at by the 20th of the month. COMMERCIAL AD POLICY Ad Sizes Business Card 1/4 page 1/2 page Full page Inserts

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