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Volume 32, Number 9

Bay Forest Annual Members Meeting Page 3

Santa is Coming to Bay Forest! Page 9

Bay Forest Gourmet Club Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie

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Yard of the Month Page 11-12

Lights in Bay Forest _____

Transportation Updates Page 13

www.BayForest.info

November 2018

Bay Forest Annual

Oktoberfest Celebration

We were fortunate to have beautiful, sunny weather during our Annual Bay Forest Oktoberfest celebration. This made for great outdoor fun for many of the kids who chased each other around with their swords, wands, bows and arrows made creatively out of balloons. Face painting and pumpkin decorating were another popular activities, and it was endearing to see the little ones enthusiastically get into the spirit of the occasion. As is customary every year, the Oktoberfest “menu� consisted of bratwurst, large salted pretzels, beverages and many delicious sweets that neighbors brought to share with each other. If you were not able to make it this year we hope to see you at the next Bay forest event.

Bay Forest Q & A Page 14

Community News Page 15

GardenLine Tips Page 16

School News Page 18

Library News Page 24

Armand Bayou Nature Ctr Page 27

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Neighborhood News News from the Bay Forest Community Association (BFCA) 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 are held at the Bay Forest Management Office, 15715 Lake Lodge Drive. 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 TX 77062.

ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING

The Annual Members Meeting was held on October 16, 2018. Below is an overveiw of what was discussed at the meeting. For a complete PowerPoint presentation, please visit www.bayforest.info.

Elections

Two Director Positions Open Nominating Committee – Current Directors not up for election – Judy Doggett, Dennis Fouty and Barbara McCollum Slate of Nominees – Dan Pias and Adam Dimmick

2018 Accomplishments

VISA PLATINUM

Focus on Sidewalks ◦ Community Sidewalks ◦ Homeowner Sidewalks Tennis Courts Pressure Washed - Thanks Began Wall Replacement

REWARDS CREDIT CARD Holiday & Year-Round Rewards

Top Issues For 2019

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1. Crime 2. Finish the Fence 3. Maintaining Common Open Areas 4. Maintaining Homes

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Community Crime/Safety

What has been done? • Security patrols – off-duty constable in unmarked car • Lighting improvements in outside our community wall • Actively promote constable vacation watch – to create daytime officer presence • Host block gatherings to increase neighbor familiarity (like NNO) What else can we do? • Allocated more funding in the 2018 and 2019 budget for patrols • Will start using "marked" cars in 2019

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JSCFCU.ORG *APR is annual percentage rate. Visa Platinum Rewards Credit Card rates can range from 9.90% - 17.90% APR based on creditworthiness. Visa Platinum Rewards Credit Card rates and terms are accurate as of 08/26/2018 and are subject to change. Foreign transaction, return payment, statement copy, rush and pay-by-phone fees may apply. Please reference the JSC FCU Visa Platinum Rewards Credit Card Application for complete card details. For current information, please contact a JSC FCU representative at any branch, call us at 281.488.7070, or write to JSC FCU, P.O. Box 58346, Houston, TX 77258.

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Fence Projects | Current Complete Brick Wall Replacement (1Q 2019)

Fence Projects | Next Steps • Landscaping/Irrigation Systems (2019) • Lights on Secondary Monuments (2019) • Wood Fencing ◦ Segment 9.X (2020) ◦ Segment 0 (2019) ◦ Segment R (2019) • Install Primary Monuments (~2020) • Replace masonry fence between Segments I, C, E and D (~2020)

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Bay Forest Budget Budget Item

2018 Budget

2019 Proposed Budget

185,000

185,000

Utilities

35,000

35,000

Unallocated Contingency

10,000

10,000

Insurance

21,000

21,000

Landscaping/Mowing

91,000

91,000

Pool

51,550

51,800

2,000

2,000

COA/Parks

44,700

42,800

 4%

Other Services

72,950

79,500

 9%

158,459

153,059

 3%

$671,659

671,159

60,192

60,192

Other Income

9,547

9,047

Assessments

601,920

601,920

$671,659

671,159

Trash

Tennis Courts

Reserve for Fence/Project Total Expenses

Trash Sponsorship

Total Sources

change

 5%

2018 Community Champion A young leader in our community who is ◦ Inspiring the love of reading ◦ Buildingour community ◦ Sparking creativity

Congratulations to Samantha Kelling!

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Neighborhood News

Bay Forest American Flag Subscription Service Boy Scout Troop 595 is pleased to offer a subscription for American Flag Display to Bay Forest homeowners. Troop 595 will place a handsome 3’x 5’ American flag (American made!), mounted on a 10’ galvanized steel pole, curbside, in your front yard during four patriotic holidays throughout the year: Memorial Day, last Monday in May Independence Day, July 4th Patriot Day, September 11th Veterans Day, November 11th The flags will be out in advance of the holiday and will be removed after several days. The Flag Code states “when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness”. Direct lighting is not required. Street lights provide the indirect lighting to help us show our respect for the flag by enabling us to always see the flag when it is flying.

Proceeds fund troop activities such as: camping, high adventure trips, and the purchase of equipment. To subscribe, please complete and return the subscription form below, with a check for $48 made payable to “Troop 595”, to the address below . If you have questions, please contact us at stbtroop595@gmail.com . Thank you for your support of Troop 595!

Name:____________________________________________

House # & Street ___________________________________ Email: ____________________________________________ Phone:_______________________________________ Front Yard Sprinkler system between curb & sidewalk? YES / NO

Please mail this section and check for $48 made out to Troop 595 to: BSA Troop 595 Flag Fundraiser 15407 Park Estates Ln Houston, TX 77062

Sign up for the flag subscription in one of two ways: 1) Print the form above and mail a check to the address on the form. 2) Pay for the subscription electronically: www.troop595.org Look for the Flag Subscription tab, fill out an electronic sign up form, and submit payment via paypal. (Oktoberfest Photos continued on page 8)

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Get ready to bring the kids, grandkids, cameras, chairs, and a snack to share. Watch this space and the Mommies' Club email list for specific details. If you are not on the email list but would like to be, please contact Sandra Espinosa at sandrita31@yahoo.com. She’ll be happy to add you on the email list.

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Neighborhood News Bay Forest Gourmet Group

Residential & Commercial

The Bay Forest Gourmet Club celebrated the arrival of autumn by exploring the flavors of Graceland. The Elvis themed party had us dancing in our Blue Suede Shoes while we enjoyed some of Elvis’ favorite foods. We’re sure you’ll enjoy this easy and delicious dessert served at the party. Speaking of parties... we’re having another one on December 1. Would you like to join us as we celebrate Christmas at the White House? If so, please contact Anita Burns at anibur315@gmail. com for more information.

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Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie Recipe By: Carolyn

Ingredients • 9 graham crackers, crushed • 3/4 cup salted peanuts, finely chopped • 1/4 cup white sugar • 1/4 cup butter, melted • 1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter • 1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts

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3. Bake crust in preheated oven for 8 minutes. Chill. 4. In a medium mixing bowl, mix ice cream and peanut butter together on medium-low speed until combined. Pour mixture into chilled crust. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup chopped peanuts. Freeze for at least 6 hours. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2018 www.Allrecipes.com Printed From Allrecipes.com 9/26/2018

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The Bay Forest Mommies’ Club is a good way to meet other parents of children in the neighborhood. The Club has become a wonderful networking tool for sharing parenting information and other informative types of tips. We plan activities for kids as well as moms. Please join us.

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Contact Sandra Espinosa at mommies@bayforest.info if you would like to have some more information about becoming involved with this great group of moms.

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Bay Forest Yard of the Month Rain, rain, go away, all the gardeners want to Play!

Please forgive my changes to the old nursery rhyme, but I feel like that is what has happened in Bay Forest the last few days. The summer heat has gone, the rain has taken a break, at least for a few days, and it seems like every homeowner is out working in their

yard. The results are spectacular! Lots of lush green lawns, and fall flowers are blooming everywhere. In fact, it is so pretty here right now that the Yard of the Month committee had a hard time selecting just two yards to honor this month, but we managed! I hope you’ll be as inspired by these two yards as we are!

15307 Brook Arbor

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Bay Forest Yard of the Month The Yard of the Month Committee congratulates (and thanks!) Lisette and Lister Niemand at 15307 Brook Arbor and Emily and Doug Moyers at 2030 Town Hill. The pictures here don’t do justice to these yards. Please drive by and see for yourself as soon as you get the chance.

As usual, if you know of a yard that should be Yard of the Month, please let us know. We love to get nominees from neighbors! Just send the address to greatyards@bayforest.info

2030 Town Hill

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Neighborhood News

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 281-687-1195.

B ay Forest Tennis

Lights in the Forest

Holiday lights to make Bay Forest Bright Hi Everyone! My family and I recently moved into the neighborhood and couldn’t be more thrilled with the community! All of the neighbors we have met have been absolutely welcoming and so kind to us! With Christmas quickly approaching, I wanted to throw out the idea of Lights in the Forest! If you have been to Lights in the Heights, you know where I’m going with this! I’d love to encourage as many people as possible to put up lights on their house this year as possible! And then starting next year, we could pick a single night that annually, we have a Christmas Open House Night! Not only would it be beautiful, but it would instill a great sense of community as well! Come on Bay Forest, let’s celebrate Christmas with Lights in the Forest! FYI, I reached out to several people for estimates, and ended up with Ryan McCarthy. He gave me the best deal and was willing to work with my install date! I’m going to have them installed the Saturday before Thanksgiving so that we can turn them on Thanksgiving night! If you’re looking for someone, his pricing was great! Give him a call/shoot him a text and let him know that Jenny Bright referred you to him! 832-359-3859.

Bay Forest Women’s Tennis League plays on Monday evenings. Contact Pam Doty at pamdoty@gmail.com or 281-286-7471.

Thanksgiving Safety Tips Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and holiday feasts— but also a time for possible distress for our animal companions. Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on undercooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if they stumble upon an unattended alcoholic drink. Click here to check out the following tips for a fulfilling Thanksgiving that your pets can enjoy, too!

Transportation Updates #1 Calder Drive Improvements

Timeline: April 2017 - January 2019

#2 I-45 Widening

Timeline: November 2016 - 2021

#3 St. Christopher Ave Reconstruction Timeline: March - December 2018

#4 El Dorado Boulevard Reconstruction

This construction may effect your drive time and daily commute.

The road from Clear Lake City Boulevard to Horsepen Bayou will be expanded from a two-lane to a four-lane street with a median in between. Timeline: construction starts Spring 2019 Cost: $7 Million Funding Sources: City of Houston ($3.9 million), Harris County ($3.1 million)

#5 Red Bluff Road Widening

Timeline: Construction starts Spring 2019

#6 North Landing Blvd Extension

Timeline: Construction starts Spring 2021

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Q& A PARKING

Question: I want to add additional off-street parking on my lot. What do I need to do?

IN

BAY FOREST

Answer: First, you must file a completed application to our Architectural Review Committee (ARC). Article VI, Section J of our CCRs state that any plans for offstreet parking of vehicles must be approved by the ARC. This includes the creation of extra driveway space or construction a screening structure (gate, fence, etc.) to store a vehicle. You must work with the ARC prior to construction or installation.

Q: What can we do to keep cars from being parked in our streets? A: BFCA has no authority regarding cars legally parked in our city streets, unless the vehicle is being stored - that is, not moved for more than 24 hours. See below the applicable City of Houston ordinance and Texas state law. A driver who stops or parks on a two-way roadway shall do so in the direction of authorized traffic movement with the righthand wheels of the vehicle parallel to and not more than 18 inches from the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, unless otherwise indicated by one or more signs, curb markings, or other trafficcontrol devices applicable to the roadway. (City of Houston Code of Ordinance, Section 26.85) On a roadway allowing two-way traffic, the driver must park with the vehicle’s right hand wheels within 18 inches of the right-hand curb or edge of roadway. (Texas Drivers Handbook published by the Texas Department of Public Safety, revised October 2008) Q: My neighbor parks in such a way that it sometimes makes it difficult to drive around his vehicle. What is the rule? A: You cannot park any vehicle on a street in such a manner that it leaves less than 10 feet of the width of the roadway for traffic (City of Houston Ordinance Sec. 26-85) Q: How do I report parking violations? A: Certainly people make mistakes from time-to-time. And we as members of a community want to work with our neighbors and not be overly critical or punitive. But, there comes a time when you may need to report a parking violation. Also, all of use should recognize that in the grand scheme of crime fighting, parking violations do not rank at the top. so you may not get an immediate response to your report.

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3. If the parking problem is a violation of both the Bay Forest CCRs and the City of Houston Ordinances – contact BOTH the City and the Community Manager.

Dedication

Laura will manage all the communications and showings for your home. Laura will present all offers to you and will objectively negotiate offers on your behalf.

Advertising

Laura has access to a network of other real estate professionals with prospective buyers.

Knowledge

Laura will market & advertise your home to maximize exposure, leading to more offers.

1. If the parking problem is a violation of the Bay Forest CCR’s you can contact our Community Manager (see contacts section) to report the violation. The Community Manager will send a letter of violation to the offending homeowner. The process for repeat violations will follow our community's escalation policy. 2. If the parking problem is a violation of a City Ordinance you can call the Houston Police or, better yet, call the Parking Enforcement Unit supervisor Roland De La Cerda. He addressed the Association of Clear Lake Communities (ACLC) in January of 2010 and stated that citizens could call or email him directly with parking violations, and he would send someone out to issue a ticket. His contact info is: 832-393-8655 (office) 713 458-0703 (cell) roland.delacerda@houstontx.gov (email address)

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Advising

Laura will help you stage your home so it presents well to prosepective buyers. Let Laura answer your questions about which home improvements add the most value to your home.

Laura stays current on market conditions and property values and will help you with your price analysis process.

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Community News

Cynthia T. Flanagan, dds

Crime Watch:

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

CRIME REPORT – October 2018

Offense Type

Address

General Dentistry

Preventive Care • Periodontal Therapy

Cosmetic Dentistry

Premise

Theft 15800 Clearcrest Residence/House Theft - Shoplifting 1900 El Dorado Grocery Store/Supermarket Criminal Mischief 800 Fern Springs Road/Street/Sidewalk Burglary Motor Vehicle 14200 Heather Falls Driveway Burglary Habitation 2100 Heather Green Residence/House Criminal Mischief 2100 Heather Green Residence/House Sex/Obscene Harassment - Misdemeanor 1 6300 Heatherdale Residence/House Theft - Motor Vehicle (Parts) 16400 Moon Rock Apt. Parking Lot Theft - Motor Vehicle (Parts) 13700 Pear Woods Residence/House Burglary Motor Vehicle 1000 Pineloch Strip Business Center Park Criminal Mischief (Auto) 4000 Sand Myrtle Road/Street/Sidewalk Burglary Building 12000 Space Center Misc Business Criminal Mischief 16500 Tiffany Apartment

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Bay Forest, Middlebrook, Northfork, Brook Forest, Bay Oaks And Bay Knoll This Data Is Not The Official Crime Statistics For The Houston Police Department. This Data Is Being Provided Prior To The Release of The Department's Official Monthly Uniform Crime.

Bay Area Chorus

Opens 54th Concert Season with a Salute to our Troops and Veterans Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Bay Area Chorus, along with guest choir Bay Area Youth Singers, will honor our troops and veterans with a concert at 4:00 pm on Saturday, November 10th at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 18220 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay TX 77058. The audience joins BAC and BAYS in honoring the veterans and active military personnel in Tribute to the Armed Services. The choirs continue with Freedom in Song by Kirkland/Tunney, Distant Land by Rutter and God of our Fathers by McDonald plus individual choirs presenting songs for inspiration and remembrance. All military/veteran personnel will be admitted free. Tickets: Adults: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; Seniors $10; Students: $5 - Available from www.bayareachorus.org, any chorus member, or at the door.

Bay Area Youth Symphony

Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 4:00 pm Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 18220 Upper Bay Road Houston, TX 77058

COMPLIMENTARY APPETIZER ~ after 5 pm ~

Bay Area Youth Symphony (BAYS) presents a minimum of three concerts per season and hosts a competition recital for its members in the spring for those who wish to participate.

Autumn Concert

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GardenLine Tips

by Randy Lemmon

Ed Keeley

740 KTRH

(NMLS 1550994)

Rid yourself of unwanted vines with ‘The Baggie Method’

We are about to revolutionize the killing of unwanted vines growing among things we don’t want to kill! Okay, so “revolutionary” may be a stretch, but I was shocked while researching this topic that there was scant information out there. It seems that, for years, I and my buddy Seth Knight (Professor Seth at the Arbor Gate) are the only two people who offer this prescription. We call it “the baggie method.” We’ve also used the words “zip” and “lock,” but I don’t want to get a cease-anddesist order from some big conglomerate that doesn’t want their product associated with killing stuff. Suffice it to say there are lots of resealable bags from various manufacturers out there, and I frankly don’t care if you press, zip or seal your bags. Just use the thickest version you can find in the process below. It’s this simple: Just put some undiluted brush killer in the bottom of a freezer-thick, resealable plastic bag. Don’t make more than 1/10 full, because you’ll need to stuff as much of the unwanted vine into the bag as possible. Try to get in all the leaves you can. Zip it shut (uhm, I mean seal it), then squish all the brush killer around, coating every single leaf in the bag. Imagine that you’re marinating. Make doubly sure it’s zipped as tight as possible around the one stem coming in, and hang it upright with something like a clothes pin, chip clip, or alligator clip.

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“Bonsai Phil” Drilling Color Plants and Bonsai Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 In 1999, a five dollar plant in a six inch pot put “Bonsai Phil” Drilling on a path to learn all he could about bonsai techniques he would later apply to American species. Drawing on his experiences from 28 years in the plant business, Drilling will be speaking on Color Plants and Bonsai at the Gardeners by the Bay November meeting on Wed., Nov. 7. The meeting is at Clear Lake United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall at 16335 El Camino Real, Houston, 77062. Hospitality with refreshments begins at 9 am followed by the speaker at 9:30 am. FREE and the public is invited!

You may find some situations where this is not a smart way to kill vines. Like if they’re wrapped around roses. Or if the vine itself has thorns. The thorns will puncture the bag, allowing the brush killer to drip out and kill anything it touches below. In those cases, you may need to make a solution of brush killer and surfactant to sponge or paint on individual vine leaves. Now, wait at least two weeks for the herbicide to be absorbed. At that point, the plant should have taken in enough to kill it down to the root. Then you can prune away the dead vine and toss everything out. You might want to inform your neighbors about this project so your sanity isn’t questioned … remember, they’ll be observing freezer bags hanging from your shrub or tree.

project has triclopyr in it. You may find it listed on the front label of some versions in big bold letters. But some products marketed as stump, brush and vine killers are usually also triclopyr-based. It just may not be as obvious - read the active ingredient label to be sure. And longtime GardenLine fans may get a giggle out of this: You do not need to add a surfactant to this “baggie” herbicide treatment. Why? Because we aren’t spraying or painting it on! We are marinating. Send me some picture of your attempts at this. The photo above is of a morning glory vine that had invaded my own azalea shrub. Yep... I have these problems too.

By the way … this calls for a real brush killer herbicide. This is not a job for weed or grass killers. The most productive brush killers for this method - and the ones that are the most readily available at retail - have the active ingredient triclopyr. There are some combination brush killers out there that also include triclopyr, and I’m good with those. Just be sure anything you pick up for this

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VICTIMS VICTIMS

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILDREN • Traffickers cando beifanyone: a fellow friend, family, someone metpretty online, boy/girlfriend, • What would you a good males, lookingfemales, older guy cameclassmate, up to you and said he thought youyou were enough to be a EXPLOITERS EXPLOITERS pimps, gangs, family members, employers, employers of domestic servants, small business owners, and/or large factory

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Volunteer Information Welcome to the Clear Creek Independent School District Partnership Program where your support of our teachers and students ensure we provide the community with the educational excellence it deserves and rightfully demands.

Lisa Maxwell-Malik, O.D. Therapeutic Optometrist

Come witness the everyday invaluable connections made between the community and classrooms, motivational mentors and aspiring students, and generous philanthropists and district needs. The CCISD Partnership Program offers a myriad of opportunities for parents, businesses, community organizations, and civic groups to have a direct impact on the success of our students.

Russell J. Malik, O.D. Therapeutic Optometrist

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In order to begin volunteering in our schools, you will need to complete the following application. Once approved, you will receive an email notification. For the safety and security of our students and staff, CCISD conducts criminal background checks on volunteers.

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CLHS Falcon Football visit www.clearlakefootball.com

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8/17 Friendswood Scrimmage

Upcoming Dates • • • • • • • •

Harry Winston Stadium TBD

8/24 Katy Morton Ranch Challenger Columbia

November 8 - 3rd Progress Report on Skyward November 10 Careers in Healthcare Open House November 10 Team CCISD Parent Conference November 14 - Late Arrival Day November 14 - CCISD College & Career Fair November 19th - 23rd - Thanksgiving Break December 6th - 4th Progress Report available on Skyward December 18th - December 21st - Final Exams

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Manvel Freedom Field 7:00 pm Challenger Columbia 7:00 pm Challenger Columbia 6:30 pm

9/21 Chavez 9/26 Dickinson

Barnett Stadium Challenger Columbia

10/5 Alvin 10/19 Clear Creek

Alvin Memorial Stadium 7:00 pm Challenger Columbia 7:00 pm

10/27 Clear Springs

Veterans Memorial

7:00 pm

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Challenger Columbia

7:00 pm

Saturday, Nov. 10 • 10am - 2pm CLHS Commons

This event is open to all students in the Houston/Galveston area who are interested in learning about these careers. Open House format allows students to speak with any Healthcare or Biomedical professionals to learn more about what they do. Find out if this if for you! Contact healthcareers@clhsptsa.org

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8/30 Manvel 9/7 George Ranch 9/14 Texas City Homecoming

Careers in Healthcare & Biomedical Sciences

Intermediate/ Teacher Appreciation

Rivalry Game

7:00 pm 6:00 pm

Senior Night

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CCISD College & Career Fair Wed Nov. 14 6-8 pm Education Village (SCHOOL NEWS continued on page 20)

11/8 Clear Falls @ Clear Lake 11/24 Clear Lake @ Texas City 11/28 Alvin @ Clear Lake 12/6 Clear Lake @ Clear Springs 12/12 Clear Creek @ Clear Lake 12/20 Santa Fe @ Clear Lake 1/10 Clear Brook @ Clear Lake 1/17 Clear Lake @ Clear Falls 1/25 Texas City @ Clear Lake 1/31 Clear Springs @ Clear Lake 2/4 Clear Lake @ Alvin 2/13 Clear Lake @ Clear Creek 2/20 Clear Lake @ Clear Brook 2/26 Clear Lake @ Santa Fe

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Orchestra Places 1st in Region - 2nd in State!

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December 1st 8am -10 am Limited Spots Please RSVP The Clear Lake High School Orchestras have once again ranked among the top in the state of Texas. Texas Music Educators Association recently completed the annual State Honor Orchestra Competition with Lake placing 1st in their region and 2nd overall in the state.

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The region zone consists of all high schools in the southern half of Texas including Austin and Houston. The finals include the top 6 orchestras from each of the two regions from over 50 entries. Lake has a history of good standing in the state finals each year, ranking in the finals 22 times and earning the title of Texas State Honor Orchestra 4 times. The orchestra program at Lake is under the direction of Mr. Bryan Buffaloe and Mr. Kevin Black and the program is home to around 200 student members.

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Buffaloe said: "We are very proud of the success and hard work of our student members in the Lake Orchestra program. The State Honor Orchestra competition is like an athletic team making the state play-off games. It is humbling and rewarding to know our orchestra program is ranked among the best in Texas. Not many school organizations have a consistent and long-standing history in the championships as the Lake Orchestra and we hope to continue that strive for excellence for many years to come." The Clear Lake High School Chamber Orchestra has also been selected to perform at the 2018 Midwest Clinic in Chicago this coming December. The Midwest Clinic is one of America's largest annual music conferences and showcases the finest instrumental music ensembles and organizations from around the world. Ensembles are selected to perform through an extensive application process including submitted audio and video recordings of recent performances. Lake is one of 8 high school orchestras from across the U.S. to perform this year. If you would like to hear the orchestra perform, they are hosting a Midwest Pre-View Concert Monday, December 17 in the CLHS Performing Arts Center at 7 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. (SCHOOL NEWS continued on page 21)

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Do you know what it is to be an Engineer?

CLHS PTSA is hosting it's 4th annual Engineers IRL January 26, 2019. This year the event is open to all students interested in learning more about what engineers do, no matter the district or grade level. There are many types of engineers and even the same types of engineers may work in wildly different types of jobs. Speak to working engineers, engineering students, and professors about what it takes to be an engineer and what types of jobs they do. Find out if engineering is the career for you!

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School News Register for SAT

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Last year was a sell-out year and we anticipate this year to be the same. Don't miss out on the 2019 Yearbook! We have TWO ways to order: #1. Go to www.balfour.com and type in Space Center Intermediate Houston, Texas, click on the yearbook, and follow the directions online. Deadline for ordering online is March 1, 2019 (copies will still be available for purchase as long as supplies last). OR #2. Pick up an envelope in the office and bring a $45 check (made out to SCIS) or cash and fill out the appropriate information. Yearbook delivery is in MAY! Thank you for your support of the SCIS Yearbook! Personalization is $5, and the deadline for this option is March 1, 2019. (SCHOOL NEWS continued on page 23)

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School News Falcon Pass Elementary School News GO VOYAGERS! http://falconpass.ccisd.net/

WatchDog Program

Just a quick update about the WatchDog program at Falcon Pass... this year has been nothing but exceptional! Thank you to Dads of all kinds! Thank you for your support thus far in the first year of the program to Falcon Pass. I've had some questions about open dates. There are only a few days left in November... November 13th, 15, 26, 27 , 28. December is plenty of days! Thanks again. Appreciate all your support to the program and Falcon Pass! Please sign up to help out Ms O'Banion for the Enchanted Forest Book Fair 2018 TopDog WatchDog Coordinator- Jason

Enchanted Forest Book Fair 2018

Stop by and find some books, maybe do some early Christmas shopping. Every book sold helps our school library raise funds for new books! Book Fair officially opens on Friday, November 9th through the following Friday, November 16th.

Mosquito Tips and Reminders The recent and prolonged periods of rain have led to a significant increase in mosquitoes. With this in mind and for your child’s safety, we would like to offer a few tips and reminders: 1. Please use mosquito spray, lotion or wipes before your child leaves for school. 2. In accordance with District regulations, no aerosols will be allowed in school. 3. Parents may send lotions, wipes or pump spray repellent in the original container, with the student’s name on the container. 4. Insect repellent will not be shared with other students. 5. Due to possible allergies and other reactions, school employees will not apply repellents. If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse.

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Clear Lake City-County

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

Programs for Adults FamilySearch Genealogy Help Session

FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations and is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services each year to learn more about their family history. Join us on Friday, November 2 at 3:45 pm in the second floor Computer Lab to learn how to use the free Family Search website (www.familysearch.org) to research your family history.

Freeman Needlecrafters

If you knit, crochet or do any other form of needlecraft please join us for the Freeman Needlecrafters. While attendees are happy to help others through the difficult parts of a project, this club is not intended as a class for instruction. Needlecrafters is held every other Tuesday in the second floor Conference Room at 10:00 am. November Needlecrafters will be held on November 20.

SCORE Small Business Counseling

Whether you are just starting a business or expanding an established business, SCORE counselors are here to help you succeed. Meet with a business counselor to develop your business plan, discuss a new idea or tackle a business problem. Sessions are by appointment only. To schedule a session call the library (832)927-5420 or register online http://goo.gl/QSZ76H For additional dates and times: Evelyn Meador Library (Seabrook, TX) — (281) 474-9142 SCORE Houston Headquarters (Gessner) — (713) 487-6565

SCORE Small Business Seminar

Whether you are just beginning to think about starting your own business or a seasoned small business owner, SCORE has a program tailored to your specific needs. Every quarter the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) provides a free seminar at the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library. Join us on Saturday, November 17 at 10:30 am in the first floor Meeting Room. Please check in early November for more information or visit the SCORE website: https://houston.score.org/content/take-workshop-240

“Kick the Sugar Habit” Workshop

Valerie Coyle, Certified Health & Life Coach, will discuss: What sugar does in your body, Why we start & can’t stop, and How to transform sugar cravings. She will also talk about high fructose corn syrup, what spikes our blood sugar and creates a ‘blood sugar roller coaster’ and its results on hormone insulin and correlating (LIBRARY NEWS continued on page 25)

hormone glucagon. Come and learn 7 solutions to sugar cravings. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00 pm in the first floor Meeting Room.

Holiday Card Craft-In

With the holidays approaching, join us on Thurs., November 29 at 7:00 pm in the second floor Conference Room to make colorful cards to send out to your family and friends. Space is limited, please register through the second floor Reference Desk: 832-927-5420. All supplies are provided by the Friends of Freeman Library.

Crafts-to-Go

Adults - starting the first Thursday of the month, you can stop by the upstairs Reference Desk, to pick up a Crafts-To-Go kit. November’s project is a decorative turkey. This free kit will include all materials necessary as well as instructions. This project will be available to adult patrons while supplies last. 1 craft kit/adult present. Please contact the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, TX 77062 or at (832) 927-5420 for more information. The Friends of Freeman Library provide the materials for this Maker program.

TGIF Programs | Fridays at 10:15 am

November 9 – Technology Series – 10 Minutes of Tech by Freeman Staff People from Freeman Library will be here to address questions about desktops/laptops, smartphones, digital tablets, HCPL eMedia, etc. for a 10 minute, 1-On-1 discussion. This “10 Minutes of Tech” session is free but registration is required. To register, please call the library at 832.927.5420 and ask for the Reference Desk. Space is limited. November 16 – Demo Series – The Turkish Art of Ebru by Shaheen Rahman Adults - TGIF Programs invites you to join us for the return of local artist Shaheen Rahman. Shaheen enjoys the water-based medium known as “Ebru”, the ancient Turkish art of paper-marbling. This fascinating technique involves painting on the surface of water using a stylus, as well as combs and rakes. Exquisite patterns can be made with these tools which can include stylized flora and fauna. The painting is then transferred onto paper. Shaheen also likes to incorporate Arabic calligraphy into her Ebru for a wider variety of expression through this medium. Her Ebru art work has been on display at various venues around Houston including Cloisters Gallery, Houston City Hall, Harambee Art Gallery, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Harris County Public Library Branches including Kingwood, Freeman, Barbara Bush, and Octavia Fields, and Watercolor Society of Houston. She likes to share her love for the art of Ebru and has conducted Ebru demonstrations at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Asia Society,

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Pearl Fincher Museum, Watercolor Society of Houston, Islamic Art Society of Houston’s Annual Art Festivals, Clear Lake CityCounty Freeman Branch Library, Boeing, Orrick Law Firm and the Raindrop House Turkish Cultural Center in Houston. This free event will require no registration. The refreshments prepared in this event will be provided by the Friends of Freeman Library. NOVEMBER 23 – LIBRARY CLOSED November 30 – Friday Film Series – Saving Mr. Banks The TGIF Programs Friday Film Series wraps up for Fall 2018 on Friday, November 30 at 10:15 am. Please join us for a showing of "Saving Mr. Banks," the 2013 drama about Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen. This film, Rated PG-13, which stars Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, and Annie Rose Buckley, lasts 125 minutes. The Friends of Freeman Library provide both the DVD and light refreshments for this event. This free program requires no registration.

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Food Fiesta Food Demo Monday, November 12 at 7:00 pm Freeman staff will show the audience how to make delicious dishes. After the demo, attendees will be able to enjoy the prepared food. This free event will require no registration. Refreshments prepared in this event will be provided by the Friends of Freeman Library.

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Clear Lake City-County

Freeman Branch Library

Congratulations to our Pumpkin Decorators!

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

Children's Programs & Activities There will be a programming break 11/19-11/21

The library will be closed for Thanksgiving 11/22-11/24

The results are in for the 2018 Project Pumpkin:

Monday Programs: 11/12 & 11/26

First Place - "Clifford the Big Red Dog" Second Place - "Thumbs Up for the Library" Third Place - "Jack-Jack O'Lantern"

Tuesday Programs: 11/13 & 11/27

We had 7 staff members decorate pumpkins to look like childrens' literature or popular culture figures. Children and adults voted on their favorite pumpkin. We had over 270 voters in this year's Project Pumpkin. Thank you to the Friends of Freeman Library for supporting this Freeman Library tradition.

• Preschool Storytime (for children 3-5 years old) 10:15 am • Baby Butterflies (for walking babies up to age 2) 11:15 am • Maker Monday (children 5-12 yrs.) 4:30 pm Tickets given out at 4:00 pm • Toddler Time 11/13 & 11/27 – 10:15 am & 11:15 am

Teen Events – November 2018

Wednesday Programs: 11/14 & 11/28

11/15—Culinary Creations @ 4:30 pm We’ll be making food-filled cornucopias!

• Baby Caterpillars (for newborns and crawlers) at 10:15 am. & 11:15 am • Preschool Storytime (for children 3-5 years old) at 1:30 pm

11/19—Teen Movie Monday! @ 2:30 pm 11/20—Teen Craft: Button Maker! @ 2:30 pm Got a design request? Email the YA Librarian!

November Book Club 11/14 – 4:30 pm. Recommended for 8-12 years old. Tickets given out at 4:00 pm.

11/21—Anime Club @ 2:30 pm Come watch and discuss anime and manga.

Thursday Programs: 11/17

• Pajama Storytime at 6 pm For children of all ages and their caregivers. Pajama Storytime features bedtime stories, songs and rhymes. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas. Free tickets required and available at the Kid's Information Desk 30 minutes before the program begins.

Friday Programs:

• Baby Playtime – November 9th at 10:00 am For children from birth to 18 months old and their parent or caregiver. Come join us for a baby playdate at the library! We’ll provide the toys, music, bubbles and space. You and baby show up and have a good time! No tickets required! • Toddlers in Motion (TIM) November 30th, 10:15-11:15 am For toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years. Free tickets required and available at the Kid's Information Desk at 10 am. Due to space limitations, one adult per child.

Saturday Programs:

• Family Storytime – Novmeber 17th, 11:00 a.m Recommended for all ages. This program features books, songs, and action rhymes suitable for the young and young- at-heart. This program does not require tickets.

11/26—Teen Movie Monday! @ 4:30 pm 11/29—Gamers Unite! Electronic Edition @ 4:30 pm

Click Here to view complete list of

NOVEMBER EVENTS! The Friends of Freeman Library is a non-profit organization supporting the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library. The Bookstore is our main source of revenue and money raised helps fund projects and activities at Freeman Library. Membership is open to everyone. Discover the benefits and be a Friend!​Put your passion for reading into action! Volunteer in the Bookstore and join a great team! The best title in the Bookstore is "Volunteer!" Our volunteers are always surrounded by great books and meet a lot of great people -- people who also happen to love a good book! Whether you have a lot of time or maybe just an hour, there's an opportunity for you. Click here to learn more!

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

38th Annual Martyn Farm Harvest Festival

November 10-11, 2018 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Step into the past and join us at our 38th annual Martyn Farm Harvest Festival! Learn about life on the Texas Gulf Coast Prairie and have some old-fashioned fun, including children's games and crafts, a general store with homemade goodies, live demonstrations, handmade toys and crafts, wagon rides, music and dancers, butter-making with homemade biscuits, a pie-eating contest, food and drinks, baked goods, a raffle, and more! 38th Annual Martyn Farm Harvest Festival Flyer Martyn Farm Harvest Festival Admission: $12 for adults • $8 for kids (4-12) and seniors (60+). Purchase tickets at the gate or reserve tickets online. ABNC member prices are $10 for adults and $5 for kids (4-12) and seniors (60+).

Reservations: Reservations required Age: 6 years & up Rates: Member $8, Non Member $10 Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Firefly Friday, A Walk Down Memory Lane

Twinkling lights will soon be seen within the prairie and forest of ABNC. Certainly, a delight for those of us who remember the warm summer nights of chasing fireflies through our neighborhoods. Our evening will begin with a brief presentation on our beloved lightning bugs followed by a walk in the darkness. Children will have the opportunity to capture (and release) fireflies and take home a firefly kit. The cost is $10/person. Age 6 years and older. Reservations required. This event is seasonal.

The Bay Forest News is looking for teenagers to refill the job list. Take a look at the categories below and let us know if you'd like to be added!

BABYSITTERS & PET SITTERS

Live Demonstrations of 1800's Farm Life

Be transported back to pioneer times with a visit to our authentic farm site. Join us on Sundays from 1-4 pm for live demonstrations of farm life as it was in days of old Observe life as it once was at the Martyn farm. Each week our knowledgeable volunteers demonstrate activities common to daily life on a 19th-century farm in southeast Texas. Demos vary and may include carpentry, rope making, and toy & fabric displays. No reservations needed. Weather conditions permitting.

Christmas Bird Count

The Audubon Society invites birders of all ages and skill levels to participate in this international event. Within a three week timeframe, birders across Canada, the US, and Mexico will rise with the sun and spend one day counting every bird they see. This is the largest avian census and not possible without volunteers just like you! $5 Audubon fee - Birders 17 and under are free and welcome with an accompanying adult.

2 Hours | Ages 3-6 | Member - $10 | Non Member - $12 Join our EcoKids classes for Outdoor Explorations & Scientific Observations. Topics are the same Wednesdays and Fridays! Click Here to view more information about this fun event!

Become the myth buster Bats are amazing mammals that are critical to many ecosystems around the world. Join us as we clear up some common misconceptions about bats and reveal the truth of their nature. Hike will be about a half a mile in length.

TEEN JOB DIRECTORY

On-site parking is $3. Free parking is available at UHCL lot D with a shuttle provided.

Eco Kids Fall Class

Unmask the Mysteries of Bats!

Margie Alford Sophia Brown Izzy Hunt-Riley Hanna Schlegel Laurel Sullivan Clare Zandy

12/01 8/01 11/01 10/02 2/03 11/98

281-546-9684 Red Cross Certified 281-678-2134 281-770-6088 832-646-1542 Red Cross Certified 281-480-5309 Red Cross Certified 281-286-0426 (h) 281-904-7677 (c)

BABYSITTERS

Margie Alford 12/01 281-546-9684 Red Cross Certified Lindsay Ierubino 6/02 281/468-1953 Red Cross Certified Theresa McNulty 11/00 623-337-6670 Bennett Ungar 6/02 713-876-9550 *Mother's Helper/Sitter Alex Lauzon Jack Wendes Drew Golla Will Golla

PET SERVICES

5/99 281-218-0064 — Pet Sitting 3/98 281-486-0367 — Pet Sitting

LAWN MOWING 1/98 713-998-5900 12/00 281-889-3410

• MATH TUTOR

• PIANO TEACHER

• POWER WASHING

• SPANISH TUTOR

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

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

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

Dan Pias dfwdaniel@hotmail.com Dennis Fouty dennisfouty@live.com Barbara McCollum Judy Doggett Adam Dimmick

713-562-5444 281-488-0123 713-819-1001

COMMITTEES - Bay Forest Community Association

ARC Dan Pias dfwdaniel@gmail.com 713-562-5444 281-488-0123 ACLC/Super Neighborhood Barbara McCollum and Adam Dimmick Board Financial Committee Barbara McCollum, Adam Dimmick and Dennis Fouty Common Open Areas Dan Pias dfwdaniel@gmail.com 713-562-5444 Tennis (Board Oversight) Judy Doggett 713-819-1001 Tennis - Kids Bruce Reistle bruce.c.reistle@nasa.gov 832-533-1493 Tennis - Womens Carol Rush dixiedad@swbell.net 832-630-0350 Tennis - Mens A Greg Blackburn greg.c.blackburn@gmail.com 281-743-3802 Tennis - Mens B Doug McCann doug.mccann57@gmail.com 713-824-5283 Tennis - Mens C LiMin Chang li-min.chang-1@nasa.gov 281-483-6906 Pool Judy Doggett 713-819-1001 Social Committee Barbara McCollum 281-488-0123 Parks/COA Dan Pias parks@bayforest.info 713-562-5444 Yard of the Month Judy Doggett 713-819-1001 Parking/Traffic Committee Barbara McCollum 281-488-0123 Trash Service Oversight Dan Pias 713-562-5444 Long Range Planning Dennis Fouty dennisfouty@live.com Realtor Advisory Board Dennis Fouty dennisfouty@live.com Fence Replacement Com. Dennis Fouty dennisfouty@live.com Community Relations community@bayforest.info Management Oversight Dan Pias dfwdaniel@hotmail.com 713-562-5444 Crime/Community Watch Judy Doggett 713-819-1001 Website Oversight Dennis Fouty dennisfouty@live.com Nominating Committee Barbara McCollum and Adam Dimmick

ORGANIZATIONS Garden Club Gourmet Club Mommies’ Club Blue Marlins

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

OTHER IMPORTANT NUMBERS

The Bay Forest Community Association can be contacted at: 832-224-6446 Manager@BayForest.info 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 Richard Buitron HPD Liaison / 2855 Bay Area Blvd. 77058 281-218-3900 Report Suspicious Activity • Non-Emergency # 713-884-3131 Poison Control 281-766-4403 Albert Thomas Post Office Frances Nix-Davis 281-488-8315

To Report a Streetlight that is Out... CenterPoint Energy maintains streetlights throughout our electric service territory in and around Houston. Go to the link below to report a streetlight outage. You will be asked to provide: • • • •

pole number for the non-functioning lights you want to report contact information (in case more info is needed to locate a streetlight) an e-mail address (if you want feedback regarding your repair request) the number of streetlights you would like to report

Visit CenterPoint Energy’s webpage for reporting streetlights out: http://cnp.centerpointenergy.com/outage or www.centerpointelectric.com/cehe/support/streetlight/ 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 Houston Leash Law.

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

CLEAR CREEK SCHOOLS SERVING BAY FOREST Falcon Pass Elementary 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 http://falconpass.ccisd.net

Houston Department of Health and Human Services

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

http://clearlakehs.ccisd.net/

Space Center Intermediate 281-284-3300 Fax: 281-284-3305 8 am to 4 pm http://spacecenter.ccisd.net/ 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.

The Bay Forest News Staff EDITOR: CIRCULATION:

ADVERTISING: ACCOUNTANT: GRAPHIC DESIGN: CIRCULATION: PRINTER:

Marita Moran (281) 660-4965 e-mail: mgmoran@swbell.net Natasha Alexander 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 to Marita Moran via email at mgmoran@swbell.net 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 OPIN­ I ONS OF THE AUTHORS ONLY, AND NOT THOSE OF THE BAY FOREST NEWS OR ANY OF ITS STAFF. TO BE PUB­L ISHED, 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.

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.

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Bay Forest News, November 2018  

Newsletter of the Bay Forest community

Bay Forest News, November 2018  

Newsletter of the Bay Forest community

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