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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
The WCIA Board meets the 3rd Monday of every month. The homeowner forums are held on the 4th Tuesday in January, April and July at 7:00 PM. Our next Board meeting will be held on Monday, January 16, 2012 at the offices of Crest Management at 5:30 PM. Our next homeowner forum will be announced soon. Meeting date subject to change. Call Crest to confirm at 281-579-0761.
The community has created a website for the community. Please go to www.westlakecia.org and register to receive notices from the Association. Let us know if you have any ideas for improving it or items you would like to see on the website. Send your ideas to the Community Manager, Connie Navarre, at email@example.com.
WCIA Holds Annual Meeting Board Expanded to 7 Seats
Subject: Results Of The Annual Meeting • The annual meeting of the Westlake CIA was held Thursday, November 3, 2011, at the Civic Center located in Westlake Forest. Changes in Texas Law regarding HOA’s The association’s law firm spoke about some of the many changes in Texas law regarding the operation and management of Texas subdivisions. Here is the association attorneys’ website: http://holtyoung.com/holt-young-resources.php Here is another law firm’s web site on the same subject: http://butlerhailey.com/en/articles/ articles_view.asp Here is another website that discusses the changes in HOA law: http://ainsleylaw.com/pdf/ Texas-HOA-Changes-2011.pdf Between the three websites listed above and any others you can find on the Texas legislative website (if you have a deeper interest in these changes), you should be able to have a solid picture of the changes.
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Annette Baldwin made a presentation centered on our crime statistics and the current situation in both subdivisions. As you know, the problem is youths (ages 13-25) roaming the subdivision between 11:30 PM and 3:30 AM. These are the individuals who are committing the burglaries of motor vehicles, vandalism, graffiti and more. Some live in Westlake and Westlake Forest. Some are friends of people who live in the two neighborhoods. We have seen a distinct increase in some types of crime, a spike in home burglaries and an upswing in domestic violence. All of these are consistent with the state of the economy. No end is in sight on the foreclosures due to the sub-prime lending that plagued us from 2004-2008. The current inventory of homes will not sell quickly. The city of Houston sold all of its homes in both neighborhoods at an absolute auction in early November 2011. We hope some of the buyers are residents, but absentee investors are quite prevalent in the current real estate climate. The meeting The meeting was well attended. Many questions were asked, a spirited discussion was held. Election of directors The election of three Board members (directors) was announced as a change from three directors to an election of five directors just before the voting began. All Board members (the Board was expanded to seven members) are from Westlake. Evidently no one from Westlake Forest was interested in serving on the Board this year. The following is from the WCIAs web page: Annual Meeting News At the annual homeowners meeting held on November 3, 2011, the members present amended the ballot to increase the Board members from 5 to 7 members. The new Board members elected to represent your Association are: Sharon Lyles, Marcos Cruz and Wayne Rhea. Incumbents, Ann Iannuzzi and Sherry Hume, were re-elected and Tommy Grant and Malcolm Baker were not up for election this year and continue to serve your community. Future board meetings & attendance by the community The Board will continue to meet monthly at Crest Management at 5:00 PM on the 3rd Monday of the month, but homeowners should call to confirm that day if they plan to attend in case the meeting has been changed or cancelled. Announcements of the exact day of the meeting will be in the newsletter and posted on the website 72 hours in advance of any meeting. The Board members stated that the Board meetings are no longer held at the civic center as many times they need access to records or files that are readily available at Crest Management’s office. In the past, the Board did hold meetings at the civic center and residents did not show any interest to attend. Therefore, the meetings will remain at Crest Management as the best location for the Board members to conduct the necessary business of the Association. You are encouraged and welcome to attend any Board meeting. All discussions of general operation, macro collection and deed restriction enforcement procedures, etc., are held in open meetings. The executive (closed) session, which deals with individual homeowner collection and deed restriction violations and sensitive matters are not open for the residents. However, you may request to be placed on the agenda for your own particular issue for which a hearing can be arranged. Minutes of these meetings are required by state law and have always been done by the management company. The meetings are held at Crest Management, 17171 Park Row, 3rd floor, Suite 310. The minutes of the regular meetings and the
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Several documents which were presented by Crest Management on behalf of the Board of directors were sent to the info.westlake@gmail list. If you would like copies, please send an email and request them. These include all items except the ballot, which you have previously received. The number of open positions on the ballot was changed by each ballot holder at the request of the management company before the ballots were completed. In addition, the statistics from the Sheriff’s Office for Westlake and Westlake Forest and surrounding neighborhoods are also attached. We encourage you to sign up on line at the Westlake website for the email program they are offering. I have requested that the info. firstname.lastname@example.org email be added and I will forward anything that I receive to this email list as many of you have stated that you do not want to sign up for the Board’s email program. However, Crest does recommend that each resident sign up individually so that you don’t have to depend on a third party relaying information to you. We thank each of you who attended the meeting this year. The newly created Westlake CIA (Westlake AND Westlake Forest Subdivisions) website is: westlakecia.org. Please take time to go and look and send your suggestions to the community manager, Connie Navarre, at email@example.com.
Happy New Year
The Board of the WCIA wishes a happy and prosperous New Year to each family in our neighborhood. We hope your holiday season was pleasant and brought you much joy.
Holiday & Christmas Decorations Must Be Removed by January 31st
We thank all who participated in the holiday and Christmas decorating contest. Your efforts helped to bring much joy to our neighborhood. Please remember that all Christmas and holiday decorations must be removed from the exterior of your home by January 31, 2012.
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The construction phase is nearly completed on the South Mayde Creek Bayou project at the time of this writing. The South Mayde Creek Hike & Bike Trail is scheduled to open to the public in midJanuary, 2012. Our trail, located on the north side of Westlake Forest, connects with Cullen Park, the Mayde Creek Schools and winds eastward to Hwy 6. This is a wonderful amenity for our community. The trail is lighted, a bridge connects the north and south sides and some landscaping and other elements will be provided by the contractor. Community participation has been provided by all subdivisions and MUDs for landscaping, hardscape, etc., for all other hike/bike trails in Harris County. This is an excellent park like environment for walking and bike riding. Other trails throughout west Harris County are used by individuals for walking, exercise, bike riding, family activities and scouting activities. This is a natural environment, which is unfamiliar for many in Harris County. The Mayde Creek Bayou offers an array of birds and other wildlife as well as native plants. The trails are relatively peaceful. The walkway is a smooth surface, which is easily navigable. Eventually this walkway will connect with a trail that will parallel Westlake on the east side and end at Park Row. We have been talking with Harris County since 1994 about this hiking/biking trail. In 2002, Harris County announced a federal grant and state funds as well as their own contribution to this wonderful park-like amenity. We thank Precinct 3 Commissioner Radack for his persistent and consistent efforts in supporting our county parks and hiking and biking trails. We also thank Jimmy Greeson, now retired from Harris County Precinct 3, as well as Paul Hawkins, Precinct 3, who picked up the mantle and worked to bring this project to fruition. The hike/bike trail is open to the public from dawn to dusk.
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The Harris County Sheriff’s Office has an overall Nuisance Abatement program for neighborhoods, such as ours, which have suffered from severe neglect during the sub-prime foreclosure crisis. Empty homes with junk and clutter in the front and back yards, eyesores for the community, inoperable vehicles, health and safety hazards… these and much more are addressed under Texas law as it applies to Nuisance Abatements in the Traffic Code and the Health and Safety code. All contract units are trained in every Nuisance Abatement law on the books. Each law will be enforced quickly. Once again we are putting a burden on the Sheriff’s Office that rightfully belongs on other agencies and the homeowners’ associations, but this is the most expeditious way of solving the many problems we are seeing in both Westlake Forest and Westlake. So, if you know of a home that is abandoned, has a junk vehicle in the driveway or street, trash, debris, high grass, a dangerous swimming pool, etc., please email Annette Baldwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 281-5789118. She will forward the information to our deputy who will act on it immediately. This program began through Harris County in February 2011 following the training of all deputies. New deputies who bid into contracts are trained in Nuisance Abatement prior to their new assignment. The vehicle Nuisance Abatement and parking code are enforced in an ongoing policy for Westlake and Westlake. The health and safety laws will supplement that for further improvement in our neighborhoods.
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A quick review of our calls for service in 2011, has demonstrated that our residents are not calling the Sheriff’s Office on suspicious persons and suspicious vehicles as well as crimes such as burglary of a motor vehicle, etc. If you don’t call to report a crime or suspected criminal activity in progress or suspicious persons or vehicles, no arrests will be made, the crime or criminal activity will continue and the Sheriff’s Office will not know that anything is going on. Yes, we have those rare occasions where a deputy, by pure luck, drives up on a crime or suspicious activity in progress. But why rely on luck when you have a telephone? The number to call is 713-221-6000. This is the phone number for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1. We live in HARRIS County. If you would like a magnet for your refrigerator so that both these numbers are readily available to you, stop at the Franz Road Fry Store Front and pick one up. Do NOT call the Franz Road Store Front for a deputy or in an emergency. These deputies are with the Crime Prevention Bureau. The phones are answered during weekdays only. You can go to the Store Front to file a minor report such as the theft of a bicycle or to pick up information or complete a Vacation Watch form. However, this office does not dispatch deputies.
Garages And Cars Are Made for Each Other
While parking on the street and in the driveway is legal, it is amazing how many people do not use their garages for vehicle parking. If your garage is full of junk, this might be the time to clean it out, throw it away or put it in the attic. If you must park on your driveway, please remember to lock your vehicle. Before leaving your vehicle, take out items that might attract a criminal (major or minor) such as CDs, tapes, computers, cell phones, cash, credit cards, bags containing unknown items and anything that might attract a crime of opportunity. If you leave items in your vehicle and your vehicle is unlocked, don’t be surprised if your property is missing the next day.
Recently we have reports of catalytic converters and wheels from various vehicles parked both on the street and in driveways. Both of these are expensive replacements, minimally requiring a deductible payment on vehicle insurance and often raising your rates with a claim. It would seem wiser to empty the garage and park the cars there overnight.
Parking Laws Meant To Increase Safety
Once again we are asking you to please be considerate of your neighbors and the emergency personnel who risk their lives for us. Fire engines and ambulances often cannot squeeze down some of our streets when cars and trucks are parked on the street. Park cars in your garage and on your driveway. Always lock cars parked on your driveway and make sure you have removed “attractive valuables” from them. Since the largest homes in our subdivisions have four bedrooms, there is really no reason for more than four cars per house… two in the garage and two in the driveway. Guests can park on the street, but they need to be very aware of the parking laws in Texas. Due to the continuing upswing in street parking, the following Parking Laws of the state of Texas will be enforced to the letter: • Park 30 feet from a stop sign • Park 20 feet from an intersection or crosswalk • Park 15 feet from a fire hydrant • Park no more than 18” from curb • Lock your car when it is parked on the street • Park with the flow of traffic • Do not block driveways or access to mail boxes • No parking on the sidewalks • No more than 48 hours parked on the street • Vehicles parked on street must have current registration and inspection • Double parking will result in immediate citation and possible towing These laws are not designed for a neat appearance. These laws are designed for the safety of the public. The life you save might just be your own.
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Crest Management sent out the billing statements in November along with a flyer giving you several options to pay your annual maintenance assessments. The Board is proud to announce that the fees did NOT increase this year! Your 2012 annual maintenance dues are payable on or before January 31, 2012. As in previous years, if you would like to make arrangements to pay your 2013 dues in advance over the twelve month period, please send your checks to Crest Management and include the address of the home or your account number and mark “2013 dues” on the check. Per the new laws, you are entitled to a minimum three (3) month payment plan, therefore, if you need to do so, please contact Crest Management at 281-579-0761 and make the arrangements. If you need more time due to a special circumstance, please let Crest know so that they can assist you. The late fees and penalties can add up quickly! The Board does not want to send your account to the attorney to collect your fees, but will do so if they don’t hear from you when the time comes! The Board would much rather set you up on a payment plan in advance and avoid the legal fees. We thank you for cooperating in the collection of our dues this year.
Vandalism Costing You Money
Every time one of the juveniles in our neighborhood chooses to vandalize the community’s property, the costs for clean up or replacement are taken directly from our general fund. Recently, some youths used spray paint to vandalize the Westlake fence and brick pillars on Saums Road. Parents, we strongly suggest that you know where your children are and what they are doing. If a witness is able to identify anyone in the act of vandalism, charges will be filed and reimbursement to the community will be required.
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If you are between 12 and 18 and would like to be added to the teenage job seeker’s list, please fill out the form in the newsletter with your name, age, birthdate (mon. & yr.), phone number, (one only) year you will graduate (or grade presently in) and the name of your subdivision. Check the list of jobs you want on your form. Mail to Krenek Printing, 7102 Glen Chase Ct., Houston, TX 77095 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Must have parent(s) permission. (Revised 8/11) If your name was left off the list, it is because you did not return our call to update our records. You will have to resubmit your information to be put back on. Jordan Little - B, P Dalton Little - PP, L, T Rosa Martinez-Villalobos - B, P Anthony Martinez - PP, L
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mentor Jim Burns visited Firethorne representatives last week to thank them for their generous support. The KEYS (Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success) mentor program is offered to Katy ISD students who are on the brink of success. Often, these students have been challenged by life circumstances outside of their control. Mentors meet with their students on campus each week during the school year, in between the school day. When Reyes’ mentor first met him, it wasn’t with the intent of becoming his mentor, it was with the intent of helping him organize his backpack, locker and life. After several weeks of helping Reyes get organized, Burns naturally fell into the role of becoming his mentor. For the next six years, Burns helped Reyes recognize his gifts, talents, intelligence and encouraged him to pursue his dreams.
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Firethorne, a 1,400-acre residential community in Katy/Fulshear, is actively involved with Katy ISD through programs such as Junior Achievement and the Partners in Education annual Promise to Read and Food for Families programs. Firethorne is located near the crossroads of I-10 west and FM 1463. KEYS’ annual event Ties & Tiaras, hosted at Agave Road on March 1, 2012, will celebrate mentors while supporting the KEYS Scholarship Fund. Featuring student performances throughout the come-and-go event, the 2012 Mentors of the Year will also be announced. KEYS is brought to you by Partners in Education, the department that brings the community into the classroom. For more information about KEYS and to find out how you can get involved, visit the KEYS web page at www.katyisd.org, or contact Martha Brown at 281-3962468.
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Hundreds of gifted and talented elementary students enjoyed getting together at the Katy Parents of Gifted & Talented (KPGT) GT Create Date, to make puppets out of recyclable materials. Students and parents let their imaginations loose as they turned trash to treasure at this fun event co-sponsored by KPGT and KISD. Led by professional puppeteer Greg Ruhe from Puppet Pizzazz and professional artist Taylor Perry, the children enjoyed an inspiring and hilarious puppet show before launching into their own creations. The Katy Parents of Gifted and Talented (KPGT) organization was formed in 1987. It is a non-profit organization. KPGT aims promote the welfare of gifted and talented students by empowering KISD families and educators with information, resources, tools and voice to ensure opportunities that encourage gifted students’ passion for learning. Further information is available on KPGT’s website at www.kpgt.org.
Demographic Update Shows Continued Growth for Katy ISD
During the October 24th Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. Pat Guseman, president of Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), presented the 2011 Demographic Update that shows steady growth for Katy ISD, at a rate of approximately three percent each year over the next five years. While slightly slower than the rapid growth experienced between 2001 and 2009, the report shows approximately 23,000 additional students moving to the district during the next 10 years. The district also announced that as part of the Long Range Facilities Plan process, Katy ISD has entered into the initial stages of the Attendance Boundary Modification (ABM) process. Last November, Katy ISD voters approved a bond referendum that included five new campuses – three elementary schools, one junior high and one high school. Four of the five campuses are set to open in fall 2012 and High School No. 7 is slated to open in fall 2013. Katy ISD is a TEA Recognized district serving more than 62,000 students. Covering 181 square miles west of downtown Houston, Katy ISD is comprised of 53 campuses and with more than 8,000 employees is one of the largest employers in the West Houston area.
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CONGRATS TO SENIOR FIDEL LEON!!!!!! Fidel competed in the Region III Cross Country Meet on Saturday, November 5th and placed 6th out of 175 runners!! He ran 15:49 over the 5,000-meter course. He then raced at the State Meet on Saturday, November 12th at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock. GOOD LUCK FIDEL! CONGRATS TO MR. AND MRS. LEON AS WELL!
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Mayde Creek HS newspaper wins big
The 2011 Mayde Creek High School newspaper, The Rampage, has been awarded a First Class Rating with One Mark of Distinction by the National Scholastic Press Association and it also received a Silver Medalist by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Both organizations critique school newspapers across the country.
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At the Texas Association of Journalism Education competition this weekend in San Antonio, Mayde Creek High school senior student Corissa Ayala, took a Superior (1st place rank) and an Honorable Mention in Photography. Senior Dinora Rodriguez took a Superior (1st place rank) in Photography as well. They competed against over 700 high school photographers.
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On Tuesday, October 25th, the Mayde Creek HS swim team competed against Alief Hastings and won 216-145. A lot of the kids swam “off” events, but still had best times. Some notable swims were Priscilla Miranda who dropped 20 seconds in her 500 freestyle, Kevin Smith who went 23.91 in the 50 Freestyle and 53.18 in the 100 freestyle, and Andy McCaslin who went 58.70 in the 100 butterfly. Also, Freshman Sophia Carrico took 2nd place in the 100 yard backstroke with senior Taylor Hemenway finishing 1st. Ryan Jaw won the 100 breaststroke with a near personal best time of 1:06.46. Michelle Fritsche won the 50 freestyle with a time of 27.93 and Whitney Ducote finished in 3rd place with a time of 29.75. Matthew Schnee and Andy McCaslin won the 200 Freestyle and 200 IM respectively.
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Cub Scout Pack 393 is a homeschool pack that serves the Katy area. If you have a boy between the ages of 6 and 10 (entered first grade through fifth grade this fall) and are wanting them to join an activity that is full of fun learning experiences, this is the group for you. To learn more about both scouting programs, upcoming summertime events and 393 please e-mail Sam Randolph at sumosam@ sumofam.com.
Epiphany Church at 1530 Norwalk Drive in Katy, is hosting a Job Fair on Thursday, January 26, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. 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, 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.
Theater/Fine Arts Houston Family Arts Center
Performances are at Houston Family Arts Center Garza Main Stage, 10760 Grant Road, Houston, TX 77070. 2011-2012 Mainstage Season: A Lesson Before Dying (Jan. 20 - Feb. 5, 2012 on the Garza Main Stage) Seussical the Musical (Feb. 24 - Mar. 11, 2012 at the Berry Center) The 39 Steps (Apr. 13-29, 2012 on the Garza Main Stage) The Fantasticks (Through - June 10, 2012 on the Garza Main Stage Guys and Dolls (July 13-29, 2012 TAG production at the Berry Center) Season tickets are now on sale. For the best seating and lowest prices become a season ticket holder. The HFAC season package is arranged so that any six or more shows constitute a package and patrons get to pick which 6, 7 or 8! Patrons can select their seats online at www.houstonfac.com or call the HFAC box office at 281685-6374. GO TO http://www.houstonfac.com/id6.html for more information or to request an audition appointment.
Garage Sales Pope John XXII High School COMMUNITY WIDE GARAGE SALE
Pope John XXII High School, 1800 West Grand Parkway N. Katy TX 77449, located on the corner of Franz and W. Grand Parkway, will host a Community Wide Garage Sale from 7:30 AM to 12 noon, Saturday, March 3, 2012, in the school gym (rain or shine). 12X12 Spaces are available to rent for $30, if interested. Please contact Ana Sanchez re: Community Garage Sale at ams1965@att.NET. Space is limited, so act fast!
Fundraisers Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston Upcoming Banquet of Life
The Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston will be hosting their upcoming “Hidden Treasures” Banquet of Life on Thursday, January 19, 2012. This lovely evening includes a decadent meal and features Abby Johnson and Shawn Carney: two amazing speakers serving the pro-life mission. All monies raised at this event will go to benefit the many services offered by the Pregnancy Help Center. Tickets are now available for $75 each and can be purchased at www. donate-phckaty.org or by calling Lisa Marlowe at 281-578-0078, ext. 103. The Banquet of Life will be held at the Second Baptist Church West Campus at 19449 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77094. Founded in 1989, the Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, who ministers to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of women and their extended families as they deal with the circumstances surrounding a present, potential or former pregnancy by sharing the truth and love of Jesus Christ.
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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.
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Prom dresses, both long and short dresses, various colors and sizes; white bridal gown used for NCL presentation. Prices negotiable. 281392-6518. Pro-form treadmill with 6 programmed workouts, folds up to occupy less space, in excellent condition, tracks distance, calories burned and speed, paid $1,000 when new, selling for firm $375. Call Randy at 281-300-1848 if interested. Yamaha flugel horn, silver, $500; Holton trumpet, silver, $500; Olds cornet, silver, $300; Roland arranger, $250. All OBO and in excellent condition with cases. Call 281-676-4176. Blue sofa and love seat, $150; large study table, $75. 281-256-3609. Dynamo McIntire 7 foot slate solid wood pool table, great shape, red felt with 3 pool sticks, stick rack and cover, $600. You move. Call 713204-0368. Matching living room and dining room furniture. 713-553-0970. Rainbow Play System: 2 swings, 360 tire swing, 3 station swing beam, Jacob’s rope ladder, knotted rope w/ disc swing, slide, playhouse and more. Asking $1,400 OBO. Contact Joe 832-654-8886. Omega Pro II Racquetball Racket with zip case, never used, $35; 8” animal gold trim/porcelain (some) plates, $15 - $20 each; Emmot Kelly clown, numbered/framed lithographs, $75 - $100 each. Cheryl 281-543-2409. Sliding mirror doors (one pair) for a wardrobe or closet, each door is 39 “W x 79”H, together the doors will be good for a 78”W X 79”H wardrobe or closet, comes with upper and bottom alum guide rails, the doors are similar to IKEA PAX MALM ward robe article # 900745-72, picture available, asking $205. Contact School8007@aol.com.
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Michelleâ€™s Salon is looking for good experience hairstylist, massage therapist, nail tech and esthetician, lease or commission. 832-8781052.
Swimming pool cleaner need: Experienced pool cleaner to help with route maintenance in Cypress and Northwest Houston. Must have dependable truck with 2â€? receiver towing hitch, English speaking, have cell phone and capable of lifting and carrying 100 pounds. If you meet these requirements please call 281-785-5939.
The Pediatric Dentist of Katy is looking for a highly motivated Registered Dental Assistant. Our Pediatric Dental practice is located at 24022 Cinco Village Center Blvd., Suite 210 in Katy. Our office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 AM to 5 PM, with lunch from 12-1 PM. On Fridays we are open from 7:30 AM to 3 PM. Please bring by your resume in person.
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Dental Hygienist needed part-time, minimum 3 years experience, 2 days a week, 7 AM-4 PM, 9 AM-6 PM, days flexible, San Felipe/Voss. Fax Resume to 713-974-4760.
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