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Whispering Pines

Official Community Newsletter of Terranova West, Oaks of TNW, Terravista, Terravista Estates & Villa Nova

February 2013 Volume 6, Issue 2

ATTENTION! MEETING CHANGE! Our February POA Board Meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 11, 4:30 pm @ Clubhouse Resident Input: 6:30 pm www.terranovawest.com www.chaparralmanagement.com Constable: 281-376-3472 REPORT FROM JANUARY 8 BOARD MEETING: Submitted by Sharon Natenberg Security: No burglaries or thefts. There was one case of criminal Curb Repair: Precinct 4 (281-353-8424) maintains the storm mischief. There were a few family disturbances and two cases of sewer lines and the straight curbs. They do not maintain any identity theft. Continue to call the Constables with any disturbance. curb around your driveway unless it can be determined that your 281-376-3472. driveway is being affected by a problem in the storm sewer line that Newsletter: Please bear with us while we work out the quirks and is running under your driveway. Call Precinct 4 with any questions. kinks of having a new publisher. Peel, Inc. works out of Lakeway, Actions: We are seeking bids for re-mulching the playground TX. Shirley Willis, our editor, is submitting everything in the area and installing new timers with backup batteries on the electronic formats they require. We are so grateful that Shirley basketball court and tennis court lights. We are hoping to use our has the computer knowledge to get this job done. The newsletter announcement boards more as we are purchasing more plastic letters. comes by bulk mail and we will continue to mail it; however, we Thanks to Scott Wittmer for maintaining our announcements. are working to get the current newsletter onto our website. Please Upcoming Board Election: Please consider running for our register. It’s very easy. It can be a great way of communicating if we POA Board. Phil Anderson, dedicated Board member and current only use it. www.terranovawest.com . Contact Martin Littmann, President, will be coming off the Board in April. We thank him our web master, with any questions. tremendously for his work for our neighborhood. It is not hard Sewer repairs: You have probably noticed several excavation sites, to be on our Board. Because Chaparral Management keeps us especially on Terranova West Drive. As explained by Mike at Hays organized and aware of our financial obligations, and because YOU, Utility, since the original sections of TNW are 30 years old, camera the homeowners, are maintaining your properties, our Board runs inspection of the sanitary sewer lines was done as directed by the smoothly. Please see if you have a little extra time to benefit our MUD. The excavation sites are where cracks or future problems “town.” Contact Judy Gordon to place your name on the ballot: were detected. First the problems are corrected, then the pipes will www.chaparralmanagement.com or 281-537-0957 x26. be “resurfaced” internally. Hays will contact you if your property Holiday Thank Yous: Thanks to Maria Carra for managing the will be involved. After the area has been back-filled, graded, and five parties held at the clubhouse. Thanks to all these people who “settled,” Hays will be sure that the affected area of your yard will helped decorate and un-decorate the neighborhood: Mary and Bill be graded and even re-sodded. Thanks to all for this grand effort. (Continued on Page 3) Copyright © 2013 Peel, Inc.

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Whispering Pines TNW BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Phil Anderson, President................................281-376-4165 Arthur Oden, Vice President...........................281-257-0694 Peter Vogel, Secretary/Treasurer.......................281-251-6543 Sharon Natenberg, Director............................281-257-9850 Bill Carpenter, Director....................................281-376-1127 NEIGHBORHOOD NUMBERS Security, Tom Harrington...............................281-352-3086 Maintenance—Chaparral Mngt......................281-537-0957 …………………………………….Judy Gordon, Manager Architectural Review, Dan Winters.................832-698-2448 Deed Restriction, Judy Gordon.......................281-537-0957 .......................................recpt1@chaparralmanagement.com Beautification, Bill Heuer......................bill@ihostpoker.com Tennis Keys, Jan Lundy....................................281-251-0510 Swimming Pool, Diane Moynihan...................713-898-4271 Sweetwater pools.............................................281-988-8480 Clubhouse Rental, Maria Carra.......................832-717-5202 .......................................................................carram66@ live.com Water Board, Bill Loyd, President...................281-379-6843 Park Issues/Suggestions........................tnw.mud@gmail.com Park Field Reservation...............res.a.park.facility@gmail.com SCHOOLS Benfer Elementary..........................................832-484-6000 Strack Intermediate........................................832-249-5400 Klein Collins High.........................................832-484-5500 Klein High.....................................................832-484-4000 KISD Central Offices.....................................832-249-4000 OTHER SERVICES Cypress Creek Library......................................281-376-4610 Fire & Ambulance Emergencies......................................911 Harris County Constable.................................281-376-3472 CCEMS...........................................................281-440-4300 Harris County Health Dept.............................713-439-6270 NW Hospital...................................................281-440-1000 Poison Control Center......................................281-654-1701 Royal Waste Disposal.......................................713-526-1536 Fire (Klein VFD)..............................................281-251-0101 Water/Sewer Repairs........................................281-353-9809 CenterPoint Energy..........................................713-659-2111 Reliant Energy..................................................713-207-2222 Street Lights Out (HL&P)................................713-207-2222 Harris County Prec. 4.......................................281-353-8424 (Street problems or tree trimming) Harris County Pollution Cntrl...........................713-920-2831 Report Dead Birds.............................................713-440-3036 NEWSLETTER INFORMATION Newsletter Editor, ShirleyWillis.....................832-559-7216 ...........................................................tnweditor@gmail.com 2

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Vistas Senior Takes Non-Traditional Path to Graduation

Chris Davila and 27 graduates Receive High School Diplomas Jan 11

Jan. 8, 2013 - Entering high school can be an intimidating experience for any incoming freshman. Transitioning to a campus that is often double or triple in size with nearly 3,000 new faces, different schedules, and more rigorous classes are just some of the obstacles new students can face. Getting lost in the mix, however, is what became a challenge for Klein ISD student Chris Davila. “I was the type of student that showed up to class, but not necessarily for the right reasons,” said Davila, who withdrew from high school mid-way through his first year. But fortunately for Davila, the Vistas High School Program was just the motivation he needed to set his life and career goals in a positive direction. “I knew I needed to make a change not only for myself, but for my family,” said Davila, who is one of four children. Even after his mom, Esmeralda, enrolled him in the Vistas program, Davila struggled to adapt in his first two years. It wasn’t until the end of his junior year, on the verge of failing, that something clicked for Davila to make a positive change. “Chris is the type of student that resembles our mission statement here at Vistas,” expressed Peggy Ekster, campus director. “He has completely changed for the better and has become a responsible, respectful leader for all students.” For complete story, visit www.kleinisd.net.

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Whispering Pines Board Meeting (Continued from Cover Page) Carpenter, Peter and Mike Vogel, Sandy and J.T. Eppright, my hubby, Steve, and me. Thanks to Sandy Oden for adding bows to the TC Jester/Louetta entrance. We know there are some electrical problems. We know some refurbishing needs to be done. We will meet in the fall to make a plan. Call me, 832-633-9964, if you have ideas now. Take a drive back to Villa Nova! Houses are up – Lots are sold. More new neighbors! ALSO, remember our February meeting has been changed to Monday, February 11!

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Youth Track Club Registration

for Middle and High School Athletes Houston, TX. The Northwest Flyers Youth Track Club is registering athletes for the 2013 summer track season. Elementary students up to 6th grade should register during February and the first week of March. Middle and high school athletes can also register, but should compete after their school season is over. The non-profit, 501(c)(3) club is affiliated with USA Track & Field (USATF), and provides a full program of sanctioned “track” events such as sprints, hurdles, middle distance, distance and relays, and sanctioned “field” events such as long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, shot put, discus and javelin. The Northwest Flyers has approximately 285 members, and was founded 26 years ago by Olympic gold medalist Fred Newhouse to foster the development of youth track & field in the Northwest Houston area. For additional information on the Northwest Flyers Track Club, please visit the team website at http://www.northwestflyers. org or contact Linette Roach at (281) 587-8442 or linette.roach@sbcglobal.net.

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Whispering Pines Neighborhood General Information PARK INFORMATION Up to date information about the Park, including a Q&A, can be found on the TNW website under the "Facilities" "MUD Park" tab. If you do not see what you are looking for, send an email to tnw.mud@gmail.com . TENNIS COURT KEYS Tennis court keys will be handed out in new homeowner packets. If you aren't a new resident and need a key, then this applies to you: The first key is free but any extra or replacement keys cost $2.00. I keep a card catalog with the resident’s name and address. Either call me or send me an e-mail and we can arrange a time for you to come by and pick up it up. My phone number is 281-251-0510 and my address is 5902 Ashmere Ln. My email is jplundy@sbcglobal.net. TERRANOVA WEST WEBSITE INFORMATION

Have you visited our website yet? It can be found at this address: http://www.terranovawest.com . You will find that it has some current news, a lost and found section, information about the pool, a map of the subdivision and most importantly, a form that will give you the Gate Code information. It is important to send in a request for the code so if the code changes in the future, you will receive an email with the new code. The gate code will be changed for security reasons in the very near future! You can also make suggestions as to what you would like to see added to the website. If you have timely information that can’t wait for the newsletter, it is a good place to display it. It is a great site and very easy to navigate! Check it out! DISPOSAL OF HAZARDOUS WASTE Harris County now has its own permanent Household Hazardous Waste disposal facility located at 290 and Gessner that is open to all Harris County residents that live in the un-incorporated areas. This facility is run by Cheryl BurtonFentress, and she is the best person to contact for anything related to HHW. Cheryl has been involved in and around this industry for many years and is considered an expert in the field. The program/contact information is: Residential Environmental Services, Harris County Multi-Use Facility, 6900 Hahl Road @290 & North Gessner, Houston, TX 77040. Tel. (713) 290-3000—Main Line. Open Wednesday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and the second Saturday of the month 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please call in advance if there is a holiday around those dates as the facility may be closed to the public. Household Hazardous Waste Program Manager: Cheryl Burton-Fentress, (281) 560-6230 – Direct Line. cheryl.burton@hcpid.org

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Trash Removal Rules • Monday and Thursday service. • Put trash out after 6 pm on day before service. • Household trash must fit into Royal bin. • If there is room, add your yard clippings to the bin. • Extra clippings should be bagged or placed in your own container and placed beside the bin. • Extra lawn clippings picked up each day. • Tree limbs/branches should be bundled and tied in 4 foot lengths. • Heavy items (boxes, large household items) on Thursday only. • Be considerate of driveways and mailboxes. • Put containers at least 5 feet away from mailboxes. • If trash pickup falls on these holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, our trash will not be picked up. Contact Royal Disposal with any questions – especially if you have a very large item to dispose of – like a refrigerator: www.royaldisposal. com or royaldisposal@comcast.net And, remember to replace your trash container/s COMPLETELY OUT-OF-SIGHT!

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Whispering Pines Notable Quotes on Life For the New Year

The days of life are consumed, one by one, without an object beyond the present moment; ever flying from the ennui of that, yet carrying it with us; eternally in pursuit of happiness, which keeps eternally before us. If death or bankruptcy happen to trip us out of the circle, it is matter for the buzz of the evening, and is completely forgotten by the next morning.—THOMAS JEFFERSON Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.—JOHN LENNON Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.—ALBERT EINSTEIN For life, with all it yields of joy and woe, And hope and fear, -- believe the aged friend -Is just a chance o’ the prize of learning love. —ROBERT BROWNING

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4:30 PM @ Clubhouse Resident Input is desired and welcomed - 6:30 PM www.terranovawest.com www.chaparralmanagement.com Constable: 281-376-3472 Next Meeting Date: Monday, February 11 2013, 4:30 p.m.

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Do you have a picture of an event that you would like to run in this newsletter? Send it to us and we will publish it in the next issue. Email the picture to Tnweditor@gmail.com. Be sure to include the text that you would like to have as the caption. Pictures will appear in color online at www.PEELinc.com. Copyright © 2013 Peel, Inc.


Whispering Pines Terranova West Book Club Have you ever read a good book and then wanted a good discussion about it? Are you open to new ideas? Would you like to meet others in the neighborhood who are interested in good literature? Then this is a club that you might like to try. We are a small group of women who commit to meeting one Sunday evening a month to have an open discussion on a selected piece of literature. We either meet in a member’s home or at Starbucks. Though the club is mainly TNW residents, we are not exclusive and welcome other area residents, so bring a friend. The meetings start at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Sue Nowak @281-251-5240 or email gsnowak81@yahoo. com • February 17th – The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea ‒ (Karen Saunders hosts)

SHOW OFF YOUR SUPERHERO Parents this is your chance to brag on your kiddos. We want pictures of your kids doing everyday things, school events, plays, sports, etc. Send in your pictures to be featured in the Whispering Pines. E-mail your pictures to tnweditor@gmail.com by the 8th of the month.

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