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Ofﬁcal Newsletter for Nottingham Country, Sections 1-9
NOTTINGHAM HAPPENINGS 2012 has flown by so quickly! The elections are over, for better or worse and with 2013, there is hopefully renewed optimism. We are so fortunate to be living in Texas and particularly the Houston area where our economic conditions have fared so much better than other parts of the country. Of course, if you happen to be one of those that is unemployed or under employed, that statement does not mean much to you and we know there are many of you in that situation here in NC. Through my 35+ years in banking, I have found myself in that position a number of times and it’s not easy. Keep the faith and do not give up! Hopefully, better times are ahead. The subdivision looks very nice for the holiday season and we thank the homeowners who have taken the extra time to decorate their homes and help make the community look festive. I received a number of emails after Veteran’s Day about the flags that were displayed. The Board contracted with a Boy Scout Troop to put up flags on various national holidays so you will see these on a regular basis. Again, we think they add something to the community. With the end of the year come taxes and HOA fees. The HOA fee statements went out in November and payment is due by the end of December. Again, if you have financial issues, PLEASE advise SCS Management and they will work out an installment program for you. No one can read minds, so you must let the management company know if you need additional time. You can also go to our website and make your payments on line but there is an additional charge for credit card usage but not debit cards. We have been receiving complaints from homeowners who reside on Rennie and Kingsland near Nottingham Country Elementary School that parents are parking their cars in the alleyways and on homeowner’s lawns waiting to pick up children from school. Sorry, but we cannot have that. The alleyways are too narrow for parking to pick up children. Parents need to use one of the Elementary School parking lots or park on the streets but certainly not on lawns and the alleyways. Please respect the property of the homeowners who reside near the school. If this activity continues we will have no choice but to have the Constables ticket the violators, which is something we do not wish to do.
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With New Year’s Eve coming up, please once again be advised that for better or worse, fireworks are permitted in NC because we are NOT in an incorporated municipality. That being said, we ask residents to be watchful of their children (and yes adults) when discharging fireworks. It has been dry of late and we do not want fires in the area. Also, be respectful of your neighbors and stop discharging them as early as possible. We have asked our Constables to cite homeowners that discharge fireworks at inappropriate hours.
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Foreclosures in Nottingham Country The following is the current inventory of foreclosed homes in NC as of 11/7/12: ADDRESS OWNER 1327 Dominion Central Mortgage 402 Sancroft GMAC Mortgage 1514 Hannington Bank of America 502 Sancroft Veteran Affairs 510 Rennie Chase Mortgage 1343 Crossfield Bank of America 1630 Hoveden Bank of America 20322 Kingsland Wells Fargo 1019 Barkston Bank of New York, Trustee 1107 Pittsford Ct Bank of New York, Trustee
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The latest news in Nottingham Country is posted on the Website first. Items like Heavy Trash Pickup dates, Election Results, Lost Pets and Safety/Security Incidents in our neighborhood are posted on the site. We also have applications and forms posted on the website If you lose (or find) a pet, you can post a notice, along with a photo of the pet on our website. We will also notify our email subscribers or your loss. This will assure the loss of your pet gets even more coverage. Sam Cresap NCCIA Webmaster
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How to address the Board directly CONSTABLES PLEASE CONTACT THE CONSTABLE AT 281-463-6666 WHEN ANY SUSPICIOUS OR DISORDERLY CONTACT IS OBSERVED.
NCCIA WebSite Report - novemBER 2012 Thanks to all of you who visited www.nottinghamcounty.org in the past month. If you are a regular visitor, you probably have seen some new features added, such as “Surveys,” “Discussion Groups” and “Classifieds.” We would appreciate your input on these new features, in particular, what you think about these features - are they good (or bad) ideas? If you haven’t visited our new website, please go to www.nottinghamcounty.org and sign-up to become a member and get emails (E-Blasts) about Community Events, Lost Pets and Security Issues. As always . . . if you would like to offer your comments or suggestions, please email the webmaster directly by sending an email to: webMaster@NottinghamCountry.org.
The monthly meetings of the Board of Directors are held on the second Thursday, at 6:30 PM at the Mason Creek Community Center Houghton Room. The facility is located at the corner of Houghton and Kingsland. All members are welcome to attend the meetings. However, due to time constraints, we cannot allow audience members to speak at the meeting unless they contact us ahead of time and get put on the agenda. As much as I dislike telling that to someone who has taken the time out of his or her schedule to come to the meeting with a concern, I must respect the time of the
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Nottingham Country Garden Club On Thursday, January 3, 2013, Nottingham Country Garden Club (NCGC) will feature Sam Guardiola and Mike Frismanis. Their program will be on “Composting and Worms.” Meet and greet time begins at 9:30 AM and the program will start at 10 AM, followed by the NCGC Meeting. Please join us at the Municipal Utility Building #81 at 805 Hidden Canyon Drive in Katy (77450). For more information, see our website: www.nottinghamgardenclub.org or call 281-492-2175. We welcome all people interested in gardening and gardeningrelated areas from West Houston and the Katy area. You do not have to live in Nottingham Country to belong to our group! NCGC is a non-profit organization affiliated with the Houston Federation of Garden Clubs and the National Federation of Garden Clubs. The purpose of the club is to promote beautification in the community, support local and national educational and charitable organizations and educate the community about our environment. Donations from the NCGC are funded by our annual Spring Plant Sale and projects that vary each year.
Local Veteran Groups Meet If you are an honorably discharged War Time Veteran or currently serving on active duty and want to associate yourself with fellow Veterans, please consider joining one of the following groups. (Each organization has its own requirements for membership.) American Legion: The Jonathan D. Rozier Post 164 of Katy Texas meets the fourth Wednesday of each month, at 7 PM at the Katy Elks Lodge #2628, at 1050 Katy-Ft. Bend Road, Katy TX. Meetings start promptly at 7:30 PM. The American Legion is the largest war time Veteran’s organization in the nation and invites all eligible Veterans to join. Proud sponsor of the American Legion Boy’s State Program. Will Miller, Post Commander. Visit us at www. LegionPost164KatyTX.org for more information.
VFW: The Floyd E. Breedlove Post 9182 of Katy Texas meets the first Monday of each month at the VFW Hall on George Bush Dr. in “Old Town Katy.” Meetings begin with a covered dish dinner at 6:30 PM, followed by the business meetings of the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary at 7:30 PM. Peyton Lumpkin, Commander. Ladies Auxiliary President, Karon Cramer. Military Order of the Purple Heart: Tri-County Chapter 723 of the MOPH meets the third Thursday of each month at the Katy Fire Station on Ave. D in Old Town Katy. Ed O’Neal, Commander. Additional information is available through the Veterans Memorial Museum at: 281-391-VETS (8387).
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5) Prevent Plumbing Freezes • Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency. • Drain all garden hoses. • Insulate exposed plumbing pipes. • Drain air conditioner pipes and, if your AC has a water shut-off valve, turn it off. • If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, set to at least 55 degrees.
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ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS “LAS VEGAS NIGHT” The Knights of Columbus Council 8096 of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church invite you to attend our 26th Charity Las Vegas Night. The event will be held on February 18, 2012, from 7:00 PM until 10:30 PM, at the church, 6646 Addicks Satsuma, in the Community Life Center. A prize auction will follow with fabulous items to bid on with the play money you win. Included will be a trip to Las Vegas, hotel stays, restaurant dinners, sports memorabilia, wonderful gift baskets, fantastic coupons and fabulous merchandise. We hope you will join us and promise you a fun-filled evening of Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, Poker, Slot Machines and other games. Snacks and drinks are included in the price. Donations appreciated. Bring your friends and neighbors. Tickets are only $15 per person and all proceeds will benefit local Knights of columbus Charities. For more information, please email Franklin Holub at holub8096@sbcglobal. net or call 281-463-6122.
Keep Kids Connected Aluminum Can Recycling Collection Keep Kids Connected currently has a program called “Cans for a Cure” where aluminum beverage cans are collected and recycled and the proceeds are used to purchase computers and for pediatric cancer research. When: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 & February 9, 2013, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where: Tradition Bank 550 Pin Oak, Katy 77494 (map) What: Aluminum Can Recycling Collection - Drop off your aluminum beverage cans to be recycled. Why: The money collected from recycling the cans is used to purchase computers. Thanks to Tradition Bank on Pin Oak Blvd. in Old Katy Remember - Every 2nd Saturday from 9 am - 12 pm To date Keep Kids Connected has delivered 349 computers to children with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. This was made possible with the generosity of our donors and supporters. Keep Kids Connected is a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization through the generous donations of our patrons and sponsors, we are working with hospitals and doctors to provide Netbook computers to children with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. For more information, contact Keep Kids Connected at: P.O. Box 1127, Katy, TX 77492 or firstname.lastname@example.org Potential computer recipients can check eligibility requirements and download an application at www.keepkidsconnected.org
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SIGNATURE OF HOMEOWNER
I request a response as quickly as possible and agree not to begin the project until a response is received. I understand the Committee members are not architects and do not endorse any products or services.
6. Backyard landscaping for Lake Lots must submit survey map and plants to be used.
5. Pool requirements – location and size of pool and approval letters from MUD District and/or County permit if they are required by the MUD Districts or County. Submit plat map showing the planned location of the pool.
4. New Construction, Room additions and outbuildings – survey map with location of addition drawn plus elevation and side view; show windows, doors, slope of roof, etc. Indicate all construction materials for exterior walls and roof, and submit samples of each.
3. Addition of fence, driveway, walkway or other structure (greenhouse, fort/jungle gym, satellite dish, etc.) - draw location of improvement on survey map and give dimensions including height, length, width and distance from each fence; list construction materials to be used include samples of paint and roofing materials.
2. Roofing Materials - Attach a small sample of the shingle to box on reverse side. State type, weight and color of shingles.
1. Exterior Painting - attach 2 samples of your color choice to the back of this page. If you are applying for a base paint color with a different color trim, please include two samples of each color.
INSTRUCTIONS Submit your survey map and then insert any proposed addition (room, outbuilding, fence, etc.). Feel free to enclose photographs, sales literature, catalog pages, etc. Your application will be returned if samples of paint and other materials and the survey map are not attached.
Install Basketball Goal Replace mailbox Spa/Pool Landscaping – circle what applies - planter box, trees plant or remove, permanent flower bed structure Add Separate Structure or Building (Storage, Fort/Jungle Gym, Satellite Dish, Dog House, Flag pole etc.) Other:
Please check the improvements and circle the item applicable to your request and see the reverse for additional information that may be required: Who will perform work? Repair Exterior Wood Replace Siding Paint- Residence/ Trim Repair/Replace Roof Replace Garage Door/Front Door Install Patio Repair and/or Install Fence Stain Deck/Dock/Other Room Addition Install Patio Cover Extend Driveway/Walkway Repair Exterior Brick
In an effort to maintain property values, deed restrictions require that exterior changes be approved by an Architectural Review Committee prior to commencing work. Their evaluation addresses architectural harmony, color, location, minimum construction standards and use restrictions. Please consult your deed restrictions for additional information. If your change has not been approved, the Committee will have the right to ask the homeowner to remove the improvement and/or change from the property. COMPLETE THIS FORM IN DETAIL. IF NOT COMPLETED IT CANNOT BE PROCESSED AND WILL THUS BE DENIED.
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SUBMISSION DENIED Your application for exterior changes has been denied, as it does not meet guidelines as presented. Please re-assess and resubmit your plans. ____ a. color selection is not an approved shade ____ b. height or size limitations are exceeded ____ c. placement on lot appears to violate front set-back lines or side/rear easements ____ d. construction materials are not in accordance with guidelines ____ e. other; __________________________________________________________________________________________________
Authorized Association Representative:
Thank you for submitting your plans for exterior changes. Your application has been approved for the specified modifications. Any revisions or alterations require re-submission prior to commencement. Approval denotes compliance with the deed restrictions and carries no warranty regarding structural fitness, compliance to building codes, assurances against encroachments, etc. Once work has begun, completion must be within (30) days unless otherwise noted.
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Applause Theatre On January 3rd, 4th and 5th, Applause Theatre is extremely proud to host the Houston premiere of She’s Beyond Good And Evil. Written by Houston’s own Lauren Belmore, this series of five vignettes based on the music of Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) has sold out performances elsewhere. You’ll want to get seats early for this one, as it will sell out quickly and be talked about and celebrated for years to come. Applause Theatre is located at 6608 Fm 1960 West Suite E, Houston, Texas 77069, email@example.com, online - www. houstonmta.com or 281-440-4111. Applause Theatre is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Your donations are tax deductible.
Houston Family Arts Center Announces 2012-2013 Season Memories and Traditions
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The Houston Family Arts Center announces its 8th subscription season, an exciting line-up of plays and musicals all of which reflect the theme of “memories and traditions.” The season includes a timeless American classic, a stunning Tennessee Williams drama, three Tony Award-winning Best Musicals, the “revival” version of a musical with characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schultz and two hilarious comedies. Season subscriptions are available for $92-$144 and offer incredible savings, exclusive benefits and personalized customer service. Subscribers save as much as 30% off single-ticket prices. HFAC subscriber perks include the opportunity to pick the best seats before they go on sale to the general public, an opening night reception, and recognition in every Playbill. Patrons can purchase their subscriptions online at www.houstonfac.com or call the HFAC box office at 281-685-6374.
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Job Fair for Professionals on Thursday, January 24, 2012, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Epiphany Church at 1530 Norwalk Drive. The event is free and there will be 50 companies represented for jobs from Receptionist to Vice President in the areas of finance, healthcare, IT and engineering to name a few. A list of the companies that are participating and the openings they have, will be given to job candidates on the morning of the fair. To ensure we have the most current information from our participating employers, this list will not be distributed prior to the day of the event. This event is geared toward degreed, career-minded, professional job candidates. Candidates with no/some college, but substantial related work experience would also be well suited for this event. Bring plenty of resumes.
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What message are we sending our young people? Who is going to speak TRUTH in love to this generation of young women? Where are they going hear that they are valuable? From MTV? FACEBOOK? The boy sitting behind them in Math? The school clinic handing them a chemical hormonal drug cocktail? It is time to WAKE-UP. We need to remind ourselves and those we place our children in the care of, that PARENT’S MATTER and that going behind our backs is not, nor will EVER BE in the best interest of our girls. • Thursday, January 17, 2013 - we would like to invite you (Pastors, Community Leaders, Educators) to LUNCH with Pam Stenzel. • Friday, January 18, 2013 - come join us for a frank discussion of how PARENTS MATTER (Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Brothers, Sisters & children included). • Saturday, January 19, 2013 - This “morning out” is for TEEN GIRLS and their Mom’s (Aunts, Grandmothers, Sisters)! It is a simple event that brings mom’s and daughters together to begin conversations that will help teen girls be TRANSFORMED by God’s WORD and not conformed to the WORLD! Don’t be the one that says “It’s hopeless, they are all doing it anyway.” Be the one that says “You are valued, you are loved, you are worth respecting and you have the strength and grace you need to make the right choice!!” Will you join me? Register now… Go to www.phckaty.org for more information or call 281-599-0909.
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TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL THS 3 RD ANNUAL MARCH-A-THON PARADE The 3rd Annual Taylor High School Marcha-Thon Parade was a huge success! Many thanks go out to our community for coming out along the 6-mile parade route to cheer on our 300+ band and color guard members who endured the heat, then the rain! And, many thanks go out to everyone who donated by being a Sponsor or by putting your bills and change in the band’s hats! In addition to the Booster Families who put in so many volunteer hours, we would like to thank our community/corporate sponsors: Academy Sports & Outdoors John Eagle Honda
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The teams that the students decided on were: A legal team with the responsibility of researching and making sure they complied with all FAA regulations regarding balloon launches. The payload team was tasked with the design of the payload package to include the container for the experiments and cameras, as well as what experiments were to be sent aloft. They learned how to do electronic soldering and how to assemble electronic boards to contain the chips and memory cards necessary for each experiment. They also had to take into account the extremely cold temperatures encountered at high altitudes as well as the hurricane force winds the payload would pass through.
Path the balloon followed (from iPhone).
TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL CLASS LAUNCHES WEATHER BALLOON TO OVER 100,000 FEET! The Taylor High School Computer Science 2/3 class launched a weather balloon on Saturday, Oct. 20th, from just west of LaGrange Texas. The balloon journeyed a distance of 61 miles and reached a maximum altitude of 103,000 feet. Teacher, Don Adams, explained “I started formulating the idea of a team-building project for my class during the summer. Many schools have done this kind of project before so I wanted ours to be a little different. I challenged the students on the first day of school using a Prezi presentation of the recent Mars Rover mission and the resulting reaction of the NASA team at the control center during the actual landing. I asked them to work as a team and send a camera to 100,000 feet to take pictures. Any experiments or electronics they sent up had to be built by them. They had to do all of the research and product selection for the mission as well as examine the legal requirements by the FAA for launching weather balloons. To accomplish this “mission,” one of the students took on the role of project coordinator and the rest of the students were divided into the teams necessary to plan and execute the mission.”
The launch and recovery team was responsible for all launch and recovery procedures. They developed a checklist to be followed the day of the actual launch. This team also selected the balloon and parachute recovery system and was also tasked with calculating how much helium would be required for the balloon to reach 100,000 feet. The balloon, when launched, would have a diameter of 6.5 feet and by the time it reached 100,000 feet would expand to over 30 feet in diameter.
The software team developed tracking software to project approximately where the landing would occur. Coupled with software from the University of Wyoming and wind aloft reports from the US Weather Service we were able to narrow the search area to a small triangle several miles wide. The actual recovery site was inside this triangle! The end result is over 5,000 pictures taken every 2 seconds from prelaunch to the max altitude. The team used an iPhone to get live GPS updates as to the location of the balloon when it landed. However, the software on the iPhone failed shortly after the launch and the balloon disappeared for two weeks until its location was discovered by a farmer/rancher in one of his fields west of East Bernard. The payload was recovered intact and included two cameras, the iPhone (which still recorded the track the balloon followed), temperature sensors and an altimeter/GPS unit that recorded the altitude using up to 66 satellites for triangulation. The coldest temperature recorded by the temperature sensors was a -67 degrees Fahrenheit. Mr. Adams commented “All in all, I was very pleased with the entire project. It was an empty feeling when the balloon disappeared but seeing the student’s reaction when I revealed the recovered balloon to them in class was something I will never forget. The team building aspect of the project accomplished everything and more that I had hoped. This is something we will definitely repeat.”
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MORE THAN 165 PARTICIPATE IN 15 TH ANNUAL PROMISE TO READ PROGRAM Community members from Katy and the surrounding area recently stopped what they were doing to read to students in more than 345 classes as part of Katy ISD’s 15th annual Promise to Read program. Through Promise to Read, volunteers promised to spend 30 minutes reading to an elementary classroom during one week in November. This year, ten Katy ISD elementary campuses hosted the event with Partners in Education: Morton Ranch, Hutsell, Nottingham, Kilpatrick, King, Pattison, Mayde Creek, Griffin, Bear Creek and McRoberts Elementary. Host campuses rotate each year so that, over a three-year period, every Katy ISD elementary has an opportunity to participate. “Promise to Read has become a volunteer event that many in our community really look forward to. Most of our visiting readers return year after year,” says Sandi Meier, Katy ISD Promise to Read and Classroom Champions Coordinator. “Having a guest reader in the classroom is a fun treat for students, but it also promotes the lifelong joy of reading.” Readers represented a cross section of local companies and organizations including: Amegy Bank, American Kids Athletics, AXA Financial Advisors, Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union, CenterPoint Energy, Chick-Fil-A of Katy, City of Katy, CiCi’s Pizza, Cinco Ranch Conservatory of Music, ExxonMobil, First Victoria Bank, Grand Vision Center, Gary Greene Realtors, Harris County Sheriff’s Department, Hasta La Pasta, H-E-B Katy Market, Herff Jones Graduation Center, Houston Aeros, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Katy
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GIRL SCOUTS Galveston - Houston Archdiocesan Committee on Girl Scouting Book Review Day - Saturday, March 2, 2013, 8:30 AM - 11:30 PM St. Edith Stein Catholic Church, 3311 North Fry Road Katy, TX 77449 Carmel Hall - Rooms: 101,102 & 103 For more information please go to website: www.archgh.org/Scouting
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Katy American Little Leagueâ€™s 2013 Spring Season Registration is now open! Register on-line today at www.KatyAmerican.org Our league offers various divisions for children who are age 5-16 year old, on or before April 30, 2013. Katy American is also pleased to announce the addition of the new Intermediate Division!!! Little League has introduced the new Intermediate division (OPEN BASES) this year for 11 and 12 year old players, which will now play on 70 foot base paths and 50 foot pitching distances. This holiday; give your child the gift of a season of baseball at Katy American Little League. Itâ€™s a season of fun and happy memories that lasts beyond the holidays.
Turf Bowl Champions KYF Rookie Saints After an undefeated regular season, the KYF Rookie Saints clinched the title of Turf Bowl Champions on November 18, 2012 at Rhodes Stadium! Coach Steve Guzzetta, along with our other coaches, guided these 3rd Graders to a Flawless Season! The kids were so excited to finish the season off with this Victory! This is their second trip to the Turf Bowl, but their First Championship Title.
Congratulations to Local Gymnast Victoria Deuterio Congratulations to Victoria Deuterio of Champion Gymnastics who qualified and competed in the Texas South Level 4 State Championships. Victoria took 1st All Around in her division with a total score of 38.3, 2nd place out of 303 Level 4 gymnasts. Victoria is finishing a strong season. Out of seven meets, she has five 1st All Arounds, one 3rd and one 4th place title. Way to Go Victoria!
i9 Sports Registration is open for fall Flag Football, Basketball, Soccer and T-Ball/Baseball leagues in Katy! i9 Sports is the #1 provider of youth sports leagues, camps and instructional clinics in the country for kids ages 3-14. We focus on fun, skills and sportsmanship with a commitment to safety. For more information, please visit www.i9sports.com or call 281-398-PLAY (7529).
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CHURCH NEWS New Creation Lutheran Church Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University is Coming!
January 5th - 10 am Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library 6920 Katy Fulshear Road, Fulshear 77441 New Creation Lutheran Church is hosting a free preview of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. This life-changing class will help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future and give like never before. You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever. For more information, please call Sig Cornelius at 832-386-9772.
food drive New Creation will host a food drive, “Meat for the KCM Food Pantry,” the week of January 20th through 27th. Donation containers will be displayed at Dozier Meat Market, Sweet Tooth Shoppe and other local businesses. The meat locker at the Food Pantry need to be restocked as hunger continues in the community year round! Your donation will be spent at a local business to support this important ministry. Donations will also be accepted at the January 13th Worship service held 10:00 Am at the Irene Stern Community Center. Come out and meet your neighbors! 832-492-5136.
New Creation hosts Free Coffee & Hot Chocolate at the Sweet Tooth Shoppe! New Creation arrived in Fulshear promising to share God’s love. What they didn’t tell us was that it comes with free ice cream! The launch team headed by Pastor Dale Olson is giving a free scoop of ice cream, coffee or hot chocolate to anyone who shows up at the Sweet Tooth Shoppe between 2 and 4 PM on Saturday, January 12th. The Sweet Tooth Shoppe, located at 8503 FM 359 in downtown Fulshear, is an old fashioned candy and ice cream store. There will also be a drawing for a gift certificate. Area residents are starting to enjoy having this new church in town!
New Anglican Church Opens A new church, Grace Anglican Community, has scheduled its Grand Opening for 10:30 am, January 13th at WoodCreek Elementary, 1155 WoodCreek Bend Lane, Katy, TX. “We are both historical and contemporary,” says Robert Henson, founding Rector. Our worship will include the richest, most faithful elements of the Christian heritage: scripture, song, bread and wine but it is done in a style that speaks to the needs and lives of people today. Our goal is to help people grow in faith. No matter where a person is in their faith journey, we are here to help.” “We also major in kids and youth,” says Karen Henson, Children’s Minister. “During these years, people are the most open and receptive to their faith. Our kids will learn while having fun.” Grace Anglican Community is a member of the Anglican Church in North America, which is part of the world wide Anglican Church, a global community of more than 70 million Christians. More information is available at the website, www.graceanglicankaty. com or by firstname.lastname@example.org - our email.
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Come play in the Congregation Or Ami Mah Jongg Tournament. The event takes place on Sunday, February 3, 2013 from 9 am until 3 pm. The registration fee is $36, which includes lunch. So, spend some time with friends, have some fun and maybe even win a prize!! Your check is your RSVP. Checks should be made payable to Congregation Or Ami. Please list “Mah Jongg Tournament” in the check memo section. Checks need to be mailed to Congregation Or Ami at 3443 Wilcrest Drive, Houston Texas 77042. For further information, contact Congregation Or Ami at 713-334-4300.
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Jewish Religious School Shalom Cypress is an organization that was established in 2011 by local families seeking a Jewish presence in our area. Shalom Cypress is an effort to foster Jewish life in Northwest Houston & Cypress Area. The intent of the class is for our children to affiliate, recognize and get excited about Jewish Holidays and our history. Email info@ shalomcypress.org to register your children for our Spring Semester Weekly Religious Class. Please go to www.shalomcypress.org for more information on our organization.
New Latter-day Saint Congregation in Katy Growth in the Katy area has led to the need for a new congregation in the Katy Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A congregation, called a ward, is a geographic area with about 300-600 church members. When an area sees growth, such that local wards are reaching the upper size limits, a new ward is formed. That is what happened this October in Katy, with the creation of the new Katy Mills Ward. Portions of the existing Katy 1st Ward, Katy 3rd and Katy 4th, make up the new ward. Katy Mills Ward now serves 350 church members south of I-10, between Woods Road on the west and Mason Road on the east, with the south boundary approximately at FM 1463. The
Katy Mills Ward is one of eleven congregations that make up the Katy Stake. The Church presence in Katy began with one member in around 1950 and has steadily grown since then and now includes several thousand Latter-day Saints. The bishop or lay leader of the Katy Mills Ward is Cody Larsen, who works as a finance manager at Phillips 66 and Company. Bishop Larsen will be assisted in leading the congregation with two counselors: Robert Lund and Dave Bleazard. They began immediately setting up leadership for various auxiliary organizations, for youth, children and adults. The new Katy Mills Ward meets at the LDS meetinghouse at 1928 Drexel Road in Katy, sharing that building with two other wards. Their Sunday meetings start at 11:00 AM. Visitors are always welcome. Times and locations for all wards can be found at Mormon.org; click on “visit us,” enter an address and the appropriate location and meeting schedule will be supplied. Alternatively, clicking on the map to locate a nearby meeting is also an option on the webpage.
SENIOR CHURCH GROUPS Kingsland Baptist Church Weekly Events for Adult 55+ Game Day - Meet with us every Wednesday in the Crawford Fellowship Hall from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM as we fellowship around the table playing Chicken Foot, Scrabble, Cards, etc. Senior Aerobics offered at Kingsland Baptist Church Please join our Adult 55+ exercise class at 11:00 - 11:45 AM each Thursday morning in the gym at Kingsland Baptist Church. Peggy Skaggs is our trained and certified instructor and the class is open to all levels.
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Epiphany conducts their bingo games every Friday night except holidays. There Is No Smoking Allowed During All Bingo Games. They have security, lighted parking, big screen color monitor, computerized bingo equipment, snack bar and large cash prizes. Profits benefit charitable outreach programs. Epiphany Catholic Church, Church Community Center, 1530 Norwalk Dr. (between Fry and Mason Roads, south of I-10 behind Nottingham Subdivision) off Highland Knolls. Early bird games begin at 7:30 PM and regular games at 8:00 PM. For more info, call the bingo hall number at 281-578-3905.
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church BINGO At St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church in downtown Katy, “BINGO” is being played in our Parish Hall every Friday evening except Holidays. Doors open at 7:00 PM, games start at 7:15 PM with four Early Bird games. Regular games start at 7:30 PM. All profits will benefit community outreach and Religious Education programs. The Church is located in downtown Katy at 5356 Eleventh St. You can get to the church if traveling west on Hwy. 90 to Katyland Rd. Turn right at the light, go to the second stop sign (at the stadium) Eleventh St., turn left and the Church Hall will be on your right one block down. For more info., call 281-391-4758.
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For more information, contact Mike Kelley at 281-4920785. Kingsland Baptist Church is located at 20555 Kingsland Blvd. We are located across from Taylor High School Tennis Courts. For more information, you can visit us online at www.kingsland.org or call the church office at 281-492-0785.
ADULTS • Book Discussion Clubs - The Library hosts book clubs that meet monthly. The Evening Book Club meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 PM. The Afternoon Book Club meets on the second Thursday of the month at 1 PM. • Just Desserts Mystery Book Club – Meetings held the third Wednesday of the month at 2 PM. You are encouraged to bring your favorite dessert to eat while we discuss whether our villains get their just desserts. • Volunteer at the Library - Volunteer opportunities abound at the library. Volunteers are needed to help shelve, count patrons and more. We will be holding our next volunteer orientation on Monday, January 7th at 4 PM. Students should be in high school and must be able to commit to two hours a week. If you would like to help in anyway, please contact Sarah Nelson at 281-492-8592. • Free Family Films - Bring the whole family out to our family film festival this holiday season. Every day for the week school is out, we will be showing a different mystery film complete with popcorn. Come on January 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 7th at 2 PM. Join us as we watch prehistoric animals facing climate change. Unfortunately, we cannot print the titles here, but call the library or stop by for a complete list. • Free Internet Classes - The library provides free one day only classes in Internet Basics each month. You can learn how to navigate your way around the World Wide Web and use successful search techniques. You must know how to use a mouse and a keyboard. This month’s class will be on Saturday, January 19th at 10 AM. Registration is required. • Microsoft Word Class - Are you interested in getting more out of your Microsoft Word program? On Tuesday, January 8th at 7:00-8:30 PM, the library will be hosting a basic class on Microsoft Word. Can’t make it then? Don’t worry, the class will repeat on January 22nd at 7:00-8:30 PM. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are required. Seating is extremely limited for these classes. Registration begins January 2nd at 10 AM. Classes fill up quickly, so don’t delay.
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• Storytime - Storytime for preschool-aged children is held each Wednesday at 11:15 AM. Stories, fingerplays and songs are featured. This is ideal for children ages 3 to 5, but all children and their caregivers are welcome. • INFANT STORYTIME - This program will meet each Thursday morning at 10:15 AM and 11:15 AM. This is an interactive program for children, ages 0 to 18 months and their caregivers. Each session will last about 20 minutes, featuring nursery rhymes, songs and finger plays. • TOTALLY TODDLER STORYTIME - Toddlers, ages 18 to 36 months, are invited to participate in our Totally Toddler Storytime, which will be held on Tuesdays, at 10:15 AM and 11:15 AM and Wednesdays, at 10:15 AM. This program is designed with “little wrigglers” in mind. Together the children and their caregivers participate in songs, games, fingerplays and hear some good stories. Tickets are required for Toddler Storytime. Tickets are given to the first 30 toddlers the day of the event. • Afternoon Art- Glue, paper, scissors, markers, fun and more! Come to the library and let imaginations soar. On Wednesday, January 16th at 4:30 PM, the library will host Afternoon Art for ages 6-11. These art programs normally last about one hour. All necessary materials are provided.
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• Genealogy - Are you interested in learning more about your families past? The library is offering genealogy seminar on January 26th at 10 AM. Learn more about how to get started looking into your family past and find out where you came from. Seating is extremely limited for this class. • E-Books - Did you get one of the newest devices for Christmas? Visit the library on Tuesday, January 22nd at 2 PM to learn all about the HCPL e-book collection. Try out the latest gadgets in reading and gaming technology including the Kindle2, SonyReader, iPod Touch, iPod, MP3 and more! • Senior Moments - Ready to put those holiday pictures in a nice book? Adults are invited to bring your favorite pictures on Tuesday, January 15th at 2 PM as we scrapbook using the iPads. We have limited iPads for this project so pre-registration is required. • Book Sale - The Friends of the Maud Marks Library will hold their book sale on Saturday, January 12th at 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM There is a large selection of hardback fiction and nonfiction, as well as children’s books and paperbacks. No items are over $1. Also, join us on Friday, January 11th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM for our Member-Only book sale preview. Not a member yet? No problem, just ask a librarian how you can join today!
• Knitting & Crochet Club - Every Wednesday, 1:00 PM. The Knitting & Crochet Club is the place for you if you want to learn new techniques, teach someone else, or just hang out with other crafters. TCome & join the club! All ages are welcome! • adult COMPUTER Classes - The Katy Library offers an array of computer classes - call to find out this month’s offerings. • Genealogy Lunchbox - Every Monday, 12:00 PM. Bring your lunch and join us for an informal genealogy get-together. We’ll have computers, Ancestry.com and other genealogists to help each other with our searches. • Spanish Computer Class - Every Friday, 4:30 PM. Basic computer classes taught in Spanish. Clase de la computadora.
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PECKHAM PARK ACTIVITIES These classes are free with priority to Harris Co. residents. 5597 Gardenia, 281-391-4482 - web www.pct3.hctx.net PRIORITY IS GIVEN TO HARRIS COUNTY RESIDENTS AMERICAN RED CROSS CLASSES - Community Lay Responder: Cost is $27 (Check or money order only & No Refunds). Includes Adult CPR with AED, Infant/Child CPR and Standard First Aid. This class is Saturday March 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM-3:30 PM. Registration will begin Monday, February 4, 2013 for Harris County Residents & those who reside within the Katy City Limits, Tuesday, February 5, 2013 for those who reside outside Harris County or the City Limits of Katy.
LAND CARDIO CLASSES - This classes combines aerobics and muscle conditioning. Mondays: Cardio Muscle Ball - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Tuesdays: Zumba - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (must call Tuesday starting at 7 AM for reservations) Fridays: Cardio Muscle Interval - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Saturdays: Zumba – 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM (must call Friday starting at 7 AM for reservations) CARDIO-MUSCLE CONDITIONING - This class combines aerobics and muscle conditioning. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM. YOGA – This class exercises every part of the body, stretching and toning the muscles and joints, the spine and the skeletal system. It also reduces physical and mental tension, leaving you feeling calm and refreshed. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM. MEDITATION - An ancient Chinese art of mind-body relaxation and healing. Its benefits include increased energy, enhanced concentration, stress reduction. Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM. KARATE - The American Society of Karate has classes for ages 6 years and up. For more information call Ian Ekblad-Frank at 832722-8819 or email@example.com (email). Must register for each session. Tuesdays, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM -Junior class 6-12 years and Tuesdays, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM- Senior class 13 & up FITNESS MACHINES – This is a time when you can work out on your own on the fitness equipment. You must be 16 year and up & bring a full size towel and wear tennis shoes. Various times available daily. The machines are closed during class times. POOL WATER AEROBICS - This one hour class is low-impact, which is easy on the joints. Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:05 AM - 10:05 AM & 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:05 - 10:05 AM & 6:00 - 7:00 PM. ARTHRITIS AQUATICS - This class consists of range of motion, muscle strengthening and endurance-building activities. Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM. MUST HAVE A RELEASE FORM SIGNED BY A PHYSICIAN. DEEP WATER AEROBICS - This hour class is a high cardio vascular workout. A flotation device is advised. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM. Recreational Swim (call to reserve a spot) - Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. Thursday, 4:15 pm - 5:45 PM - Saturday & Sunday, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm. Lap Swim/Water Walk - Various times daily. American Red Cross Swim Lessons – Ages 6 months – Adults. Call or come in to get schedule for lessons. Cost is $50.
PARENT’S (MOM’S) & CHILDREN’S GROUPS, ORGANIZATIONS, CLUBS, ETC. • LA LECHE LEAGUE OF KATY AND WEST HOUSTON - Methodist West Houston Hospital, 18500 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77094. Daytime Meetings 1st Wed. of month, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Evening Meetings, 4th Mon. of month, 7:00-8:45 PM. For further info., please call: Susan 281-829-6833, Maria 832-606-9932 (Spanish). La Leche League International’s website is: www.lalecheleague.org.
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• The Rotary Club of Katy Sunrise (RCKS) meets every Tuesday morning, at 7:00 AM, for breakfast at The Club at Falcon Point, guests and visitors welcome. For more info. visit www.katysunriserotary.com. • The Rotary Club of Katy - meets each Thursday, noon to 1:00 PM, at Hasta La Pasta, 1450 Grand Parkway, Suite E. For more info., call 281-392-0045 or www. katyrotary.com. • WEST HOUSTON ROTARY CLUB - Tuesdays, 12:15 PM, West Houston Omni, North Eldridge at Katy Freeway. 281-627-0662.
• Katy Toastmasters - meets the first three Thursdays of each month at 7:30 PM at Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union, 25525 Katy Mills Parkway, Katy, TX 77494. We are located behind Katy Mills Mall near Pin Oak Road. Visitors are welcome! Visit our website at http://katy. freetoasthost.org/ • Park 10 Talkers Toastmasters Club - meets every Thursday at 11:45 AM at NACE, 1440 South Creek Dr, Houston, 77084, telephone 281-228-6287. For more info. on Toastmasters, go to www.toastmasters.org. • Easy Risers Toastmasters - meets every Tuesday morning from 7 - 8 AM in the Fulbright Tower located at 1301 McKinney. For more info., contact Ed Young at edyoung2@ hotmail.com.
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• Parkway Business Partners chapter of BNI meets every Wednesday at Willow Fork Country Club in Katy. Meetings are held from 7:15 AM until 9:00 AM and visitors are welcome. For information or a reservation to attend, please call Chris at 832-252-9413. • InHouston-Katy PremIer Professional Business Networking - meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 4:00-8:00 PM at Vida Loca Mexican Bar and Grill, 21810 Kingsland Blvd Katy, Texas. For info., call Gail Stolzenburg 281-493-1955, gail@freedomnow. net or Newell Cheatheam 713-385-3622, email@example.com or http:// inhouston.ning.com/events InHouston-Katy. • BIZPACK - “Connecting People in Business and Life” - Networking And Breakfast $5: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 7:30-9:00 AM at Carriage Inn 1400 Katy-Flewellen Road. For info., call Jane Moughon at 832455-4579 or email janemoughon@gmail. com. • THE ULTIMATE FITNESS AND WELLNESS NETWORK - Meetings are the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Membership is free. For more information, contact Karen Narum 281-871-8920 or fitnessjourney@ live.com. • West Katy Netweavers - meets at Essence Cafe at Cross Creek Ranch Welcome Center in Fulshear every first and third Wednesday of the month, at 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM sharp. The cost of attendance is $1. For questions, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.meetup.com/West-Katy-Netweavers/ • Katy Bar Association - an Association of Attorneys who live or work in the Katy Area, holds its monthly meeting at 12:00 PM on the fourth Tuesday of every month at Willow Fork Country Club. Contact Nick Nicholas at email@example.com or 713-752-4443 for more info.
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• The green Trails Ladies Club - For more info., call Helen Connolly at 832-577-7177. • The Greater Katy Exchange Club - meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM, at Vida Loca Mexican Bar and Grill, 21810 Kingsland Blvd Katy, Texas. $15, includes dinner and guest speaker. For info., www.KatyExchangeClub.com or call Newell Cheatheam at 281-392-3034 or Kyle Simmons 281-497-7180 or www.KatyExchangeClub.com. RSVP is required. • The Katy Singles (over 35+) Meetup Group - a social club with free membership. Events are held in the Katy area. To learn more visit http://singles.meetup.com/1676. • Texas Coastal Cattlewomen (TCCW) - meets on the third Wednesday of each month, at various locations throughout the Houston area. For more info., contact Sue Dinges at 281-238-8382 or cell 281-381-1987. • KATY ROCKS - Mix, mingle, socialize and network with singles ages 35+ Group has a variety of events each month. For more details, visit www.meetup.com/Katy-Rocks. • BP Partners - Local organization for the spouses and partners of BP employees. Monthly activities. For membership info., contact Phyllis Crouch at email@example.com or www.bppartnershouston.com. • KATY AREA RETIRED EDUCATORS - meets at 11:30 AM, on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, September through May, at the Merrell Center in Katy. For information contact Luanne Zacek at 281-391-8464 or firstname.lastname@example.org. • Commute Solutions - programs like STAR Vanpool, Flexible Work Schedules, transit information and NuRide visit www.commutesolutionshouston.org or call 832-681-2589.
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• Nottingham Country Garden Club of Katy - We welcome all people interested in gardening and the environment, from the West Houston and Katy area. You do not have to live in Nottingham Country to belong to our organization! For more information about the club, please call 281-578-1036 or 281-693-0016. • american sewing guild in katy - meets 3rd Wednesday of every month from 1 to 3 PM at Quilt & Sew, 829 Mason Rd., Katy. For more info., go to www.asghouston.org. • The Pride of Texas Decorative Artists - meets 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM. We meet at Bear Creek Community Center off Patterson Rd. in Bear Creek Park. For more info., call Gloria Ware 281-492-0246. • WEST HOUSTON QUILT GUILD, 3rd Wednesdays, 7:00 PM Bear Creek Community Center, 3055 Bear Creek Dr. Houston, TX 77084, For more info., check our website at www.whqg.org. • KATY QUILTERS, Time and place will be scheduled in the Katy Area. Call the Katy Quilters, Shari Medford at 281-635-3000. • The Bluebonnet Stencilers of Texas - meets 1st Monday of the month from 6:30 - 9 PM at the Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter (One block east of Sam Houston Toll Road west). For more info. concerning meetings, call 281-370-2005. • KATY AREA KNITTING GUILD – Last Monday of the month, 6:30 PM, Spring Creek Barbeque on Westgreen & I-10. • The Houston Pond Society – Meets first Saturday of each month at a member’s home. For more info., please visit our website www.houstonpondsociety.org. • West Houston Chapter of the Romance Writers of America - meets 2nd Saturday of each month. Visit us on the Web at www.whrwa.com for more info. on upcoming events. For more info. Chuck or Carol 281-550-8679.
• WESTSIDE OVER 50 CLUB - meets 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM for dinner and socializing. For reservations and info., please contact Kirk Hanson, 281-346-0459 or Betty Larsen at 281-392-3836. • The Katy 4-F Bass Club (Friends Fishing For Fun) - is a small, low cost fishing club, based in Katy, Texas. For information on our club such as joining, tournament results and area lakes we fish, visit www.katy4fbassclub.com.
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St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Early Childhood Development Center Registration for the 2013-2014 school year for St. Peter’s United Methodist Church - Early Childhood Development Center starts January 9, 2013 and ends January 23, 2013. Registration forms will be available at these times in the St. Peter’s ECDC Office. We offer classes that are developmentally and socially appropriate for children ages 15 months to 5 years. We are located at 20775 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, TX 77450. For more information call the St. Peter’s ECDC Office at 281-492-0623 from 9 AM – 3 PM.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and brown around the edges.
(browned and drained) 4 (15 to 16 oz cans different types of beans... Drain half liquid (dark red kidney, black beans, navy beans, pinto beans, etc.) 1 (31 oz) can pork and beans ( Do not drain) ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup barbecue sauce ½ cup ketchup ½ large onion, chopped 1 10oz can regular or spicy chopped tomatoes, drained 1 teaspoon liquid smoke 1 teaspoon mustard ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground pepper 6 to 8 strips bacon Preheat oven to 350 . In a large skillet, brown the sausage, breaking it up into pieces as it cooks. When cooked through, remove from skillet and drain fat. In very large bowl, mix sausage and everything else except bacon. Transfer mixture to a 9x13 inch or other large baking pan. Place bacon strips on top and bake for 1 hour. If necessary, run under broiler to crisp bacon before serving. Makes 15 servings
IMPORTANT NUMBERS SCS MANAGEMENT SERVICES (Management Company for Sec.1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 & Mason Creek Park Sec. 1) Nottingham Country CIA 281-463-1777, ext. 7132 Nancy Callaway - email@example.com Crest Management Company (for Section 10 only) Nottingham Country Fund, Inc. 281-579-0761 Michael Barrera firstname.lastname@example.org Commissioner Steve Radack Street Repairs ( J. Martinez) Harris County - www.co.harris.tx.us
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Precinct 5 Constables Harris County Sheriff Dept. Non-emerg. West I-10 Volunteer Fire Dept. NON Emergencies Only 851 Dominion Dr. Non-emergencies West I-10 Harris County Ambulance Katy Ambulance Poison Control Center Toxic Chemical & Oil Spills Highway Patrol
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