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LAUREL CREEK May 2014

Official Newsletter of the Residents of Laurel Creek

Our Community Hello Everyone!! Well, most of the oak blooms have fallen and the breezes are blowing them around everywhere. We are not seeing many results from our reminders for trimming bushes and foliage between the houses. Please note that the maximum height for these forms of growth is 4 feet. Please have your lawn persons remove your lawn clippings when they do your grass as some of these eyesores are left from Saturday until the following Wednesday. This would be greatly appreciated by your neighbors who have to look at this for several days. Houses in Laurel Creek are not staying on the market very long. That is a compliment to keeping our neighborhood looking GREAT at all times. If you see or notice something in our neighborhood that needs attention, please do not hesitate to call Sterling, our management company. We are still waiting to hear regarding the fencing issue at the basketball court area. The property still is awaiting the survey and then the pipeline company will come out and mark their easement. Thanks for your patience!!

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2014 ANNUAL MEETING The Annual Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. (sign-in at 6:45 p.m.) at the Windfern Forest Utility District building at 14410 Mauna Loa, Houston TX 77040. There will be two open Board positions this year and if you are interested in serving Laurel Creek, please contact Frank Cario at Sterling, 832-678-4500 or frank@sterlingasi.com If you cannot attend the Annual Meeting, please help us ensure that we have a quorum by completing the proxy/absentee ballot form in this newsletter and returning it to Sterling.

ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL COMMITTEE The Laurel Creek Architectural Control Committee works closely with the Home Owner Association to review applications for making improvements or changes to the neighborhood homes. Their purpose is to maintain the Deed Restrictions so our neighbor’s homes can be kept

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to the high standards set by the original founders of this community. There are currently three members who volunteer for this community service. Anyone interested in volunteering for a position may contact Sterling Management for more information.

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LAUREL CREEK COMMUNITY CONTACTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Becky Lacy............................................................... President Tom Tamaborello..............................................Vice President Vince Barrale.............................................................Secretary Ray Beishline............................................................Treasurer Sue Beishline..............................................................Director To reach a Board Member, please email frank@sterlingasi.com

NEWSLETTER INFO EDITOR Frank Cario...........................................frank@sterlingasi.com ......................................................................832.678.4500 Janine Cruz........................................... janine@sterligasi.com NEWSLETTER PUBLISHER Peel, Inc........................... 888-687-6444, www.PEELinc.com Advertising.................................... advertising@PEELinc.com

IMPORTANT NUMBERS Sterling Association Services, Inc. .................................................servicedesk@sterlingasi.com ..................................................................... 832-678-4500 6842 N. Sam Houston Parkway W., Houston TX 77064 Mailing Address – P.O. Box 38113, Houston TX 77238-08113 Association Manager Frank Cario...........................................frank@sterlingasi.com Administrative Assistant Janine Cruz........................................ janine @sterlingasi.com Call Before You Dig ................................................................ 1.800.DIG.TESS ...................................................................1.800.344.8377 Street Light Outage www.centerpointenergy.com (Have light number) ......................................................................713.207.2222 Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Service ............................................. http://records.txdps.state.tx.us Police Information

BOARD MEETING Our next scheduled Board Meeting is May 15, 2014 at the Mauna Loa Windfern MUD building at 7:00 p.m. All Homeowners are welcome to attend and have the opportunity to address the Board. The general Board Meeting agenda is as follows: I. Call to Order General Session Approval of Agenda Approval of Minutes II. Guests or Homeowners to Address the Board III. Financial Report IV. Old Business V. New Business VI. Executive Session a. Collection Report b. Attorney Status Report c. Deed Restriction Report VII. Adjournment

LEASH LAWS

FOR HARRIS COUNTY Your pet must be on a leash while off your property. Please be a responsible pet owner and pick up after your pet.

If you witness a crime or suspicious activity call Pct. 4 Constable

......................................................... 281.376.3472 or 911 Cy Fair Volunteer Dept. (Ambulance) ........................................ (Non-emergency) 713.466.6151 Poison Center ...................................................................1.800.222.1222

Please remember: We do not live in the City of Houston but in Harris County. Inform the emergency operator of this to assure a more prompt response.

Street Light Outages Centerpoint...................................................713.207.2222 .............................................. www.centerpoint.com/outage

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IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO LIVE

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EXTERIOR IMPROVEMENTS Because Laurel Creek is a Deed Restricted Community, any changes that you wish to make to the exterior of your home must first be approved by the Architectural Control Committee (ACC). This includes roofing, decks, swimming pools, fence replacement, painting – even if you are re-painting using the same color, tree removal, door re-staining, etc. For a complete list, or if you have any questions about a planned project, please contact Sterling at 832-678-4500. Exterior Improvement Application forms are available online at Sterling’s website at www.sterlingasi.com. The ACC members are volunteers who act as quickly as possible to review each application; however please remember that they have 60 days to render a decision. Please do not start any work until you have received written approval from Sterling.

If you are planning on selling in 2014, NOW is the time to prepare your home for the spring market. I have buyers ready to purchase in your neighborhood! Do you need help in deciding what updates will net you the most money? Are you unsure of how to stage your home or what repairs need to be done to get top dollar? Would you like to work with an agent who promises to be there every step of the way and available when it’s convenient for you?

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LAUREL CREEK PROXY AND ABSENTEE BALLOT for the LAUREL CREEK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, INC. Annual Meeting of Owners – May 15, 2014, 7:00 p.m. WFUD Building, 14410 Mauna Loa, Houston TX 77040 Please place a √ in the ⃝ to indicate your choice/s below: As member(s) in the Association, a non-profit Texas Corporation, the undersigned: ⃝

Appoints _________________________________________ as proxy of the undersigned and to vote the number of votes the undersigned would be entitled to vote if personally present;

Appoints the board of directors as proxy of the undersigned and to vote the number of votes the undersigned would be entitled to vote if personally present; or

Submits this proxy/absentee ballot for quorum purposes only and votes as indicated below (please indicate your choice/s with a check (√) mark:  Vote for Board of Directors: ⃝ ____________ ⃝ ____________ ⃝ ____________ ⃝ ____________ This proxy, once signed and filed with the board secretary shall be in effect indefinitely unless revoked in writing, a new proxy is signed and received or a change occurs in the ownership of the signatory’s property in Laurel Creek prior to the beginning of said meeting. Dated this _______ day of ____________________, 20 __ Property address__________________________________________________________ E-mail address____________________________________________________________ _______________________________ Signature of Member

______________________________ Printed Name of Member

Please return via facsimile to 281-598-4487, e-mail to janine@sterlingasi.com or mail to:

Laurel Creek P. O. Box 38113 Houston, TX 77238-8113

If no choice is indicated, then the proxy will be used for quorum purposes only. ∇ By casting your vote via absentee ballot, you will forego the opportunity to consider and vote on any action from the floor on the vote(s) stated above. If any amendments to the above are made, your ballot will be voted as submitted. ∇ You may submit an absentee ballot and later choose to attend the meeting in person, in which case any inperson vote will prevail. 4

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MOTORIZED VEHICLES

Barking Dogs

Absolutely NO motorized vehicles on any of the greenbelts in Laurel Creek. They are strictly prohibited.

If your dog is frequently outside in your yard for several hours, please ensure that your dog does not to bark incessantly. Noise caused by barking dogs can be a source of stress and impact one's health and relationship with your neighbors. Noise pollution is proven to cause heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke, is a general threat to health and wellness and impacts the quality of sleep by disrupting sleep cycles. Chronic stress can lower your immunity to all diseases.

DROWNING IS FAST & SILENT KEEP KIDS IN ARM’S REACH WATER SAFETY TIPS AT WWW.COLINSHOPE.ORG 2014

May ar Calend

May is National Water Safety Month Ongoing: Volunteers needed to stuff & distribute water safety packets. info@colinshope.org Ongoing: Colin's Hope Athlete Ambassadors needed. www.tinych.org/AthleteAmbassador Now-June 21st: Donate $30, get a free Schlitterbahn ticket! www.tinych.org/tickets May 5th: Otter Spotter Day Storytime at Backwoods Austin from 10:30am-11:30am

Take our Water Safety Quiz. www.colinshope.org/quiz/ Volunteer - Donate COLINSHOPE.ORG

Keep your children and families safer in, near and around all bodies of water.

LAYERS OF PROTECTION CAN PREVENT DROWNING STAY AWAY

CONSTANT VISUAL SUPERVISION

LEARN TO SWIM

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WEAR LIFE JACKETS

MULTIPLE BARRIERS TO WATER

KEEP BACKYARDS & BATHROOMS SAFER

CHECK POOL & HOT TUB FIRST

RULES

STAY AWAY BE SAFER FROM CPR AT THE DRAINS BEACH

LEARN CPR & REFRESH SKILLS YEARLY

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LAUREL CREEK CROSSWORD PUZZLE Crossword Puzzle

ACROSS ACROSS 1. Charge 1. Canned meat brand 5. Syrian bishop 5. Tussle 9.9.Against Soda 10. 10.Landing Author of "The Inferno" 11. 11.Leaves Drug doer 12. 12.Boom Colderbox 13. Allure 13. Mr.s 15. 15.African Thai antelope 16. 16.Polite Herself opposite 18. 18.Leafy Kittengreen (2 wds.) 21. 21.Marry Government agency 22.Esophagus Laughing dogs 22. 26.Woken Revoke 26. 28.Goad Guile 28. 29.Type Beefyof tooth 29. 30.Refer Economics abrv. 30. 31. Sold at a discount 31. Posttraumatic stress 32.disorder Official document 32. Sieve

ACROSS 1. Canned meat brand 5. Tussle 9. Soda 10. Author of "The Inferno" 11. Drug doer 12. Colder 13. Mr.s 15. Thai 16. Herself opposite 18. Kitten (2 wds.) 21. Government agency 22. Laughing dogs 26. Revoke 28. Guile 29. Beefy 30. Economics abrv. 31. Sold at a discount 32. Official document

DOWN 1. Water film 2. Sit for a picture 3. Beers 4. Quaggy 5. McDonald's "Big __" 6. Join 7. Snitch 8. Stems of letters 10. Make gloomy 14. Opulently 17. Boiled 18. Supports 19. Sleep disorder 20. Trite 23. Naughty or __ (what Santa checks) 24. Lotion ingredient 25. Deliver by post 27. Southwestern Indian

DOWN DOWN 1. Nativity scene piece 1. Water film 2. Competition at the Greek 2. Sit for a picture games 3. Beers 3. Capital of the Ukraine 4. Quaggy 4. Symbol 5. McDonald's "Big __" 5. Expression of surprise 6. Join 6. Emblem 7. Snitch 7. Pickle juice 8. Stems of letters 8. A10. ballMake out of bounds (2 wds.) gloomy 10. Twist violently 14. Opulently 14. Ripper 17. Boiled 18. Supports 17. Strums 19. Sleep disorder 18. Slough 20. Trite 19. Ross ___, philanthropist 23. Naughty or __ 20. Gods (what checks) 23. Brand of Santa sandwich cookie 24. Lotion ingredient 24. Seaweed substance 25. Deliver by post 25. Cabana 27. Southwestern Indian 27. Blue

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Sudoku The challenge is to fill every row across, every column down, and every 3x3 box with the digits 1 through 9. Each 1 through 9 digit must appear only once in each row across, each column down, and each 3x3 box.

View answers online at www.peelinc.com DOWN ACROSS 1. Incline 1. Tack 2. Change 5. Giant 3. Small particle 9. Philippine dish with marinated 4. Compass point chicken or pork 5. Night bird 11. Journalist's question 6. Body snatcher 12. Tiny insects 7. Cultivate 13. Cut of beef 8. Volcano 14. School group 10. Change into bone 15. South 16. Musical productions 17. United States 18. Canadian prov. 18. Bottle need 19. Palladium (abbr.) 20. Upset 20. Many 22. Cow's chow 21. Perfect 23. Year (abbr.) 22. Captain (abbr.) 24. Computer makers 24. Institution (abbr.) 27. Brews 25. Swain 29. Sleep disorder 26. African country 31. Parent teacher groups 28. Fast plane 32. Strong rope fiber 30. Pastry 33. Bend 34. Decorative needle case © 2006. Feature Exchange

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2007. every Feature column, Exchange and The goal is to fill in the grid so that every©row, every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9. Each digit may appear only once in each row, each column, and each 3x3 box.

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