May 2014 • E-Newsletter Willowlake Homeowners Association
Willowlake Twilight Cinema June 21- Twilight Cinema is free to all Willowlake Residents. The movie will start at dusk on Saturday, June 21, at Willowlake Park. Bring your own Chairs and blankets. Bring your neighbors out for an evening of relaxation and a great movie! Monday, May 26th School Holiday Thursday, June 5th, Last Day of School – Calendar Change - The last day of the 2013 - 2014 school year has been changed back to June 5th as a result of a waiver from the Texas Education Agency.
Sunday, June 15th – Father’s Day Ice Cream Social, 6pm-730pm at the Gazebo Tuesday, October 7th National Night Out Event, 630p-8p at the Gazebo Willowlake Board Meetings 2014: June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, Oct 23rd – Annual Board Meeting, November 4, December 2. All Meetings are held at Houston First Church of the Nazarene at 7pm.
Willowlake held its first neighborhood garage sale on Friday and Saturday, March 28th and 29th. 15-20 houses participated and anywhere from 50-70 shoppers came by each day. The shoppers were pretty much non-stop from open to close. There were some incredible deals on furniture, electronics, clothes, etc. I hope that everyone who participated in the garage sale was successful. We plan on doing this again next Spring.
2014 Willowlake’s 1st Annual Garage Sale Was a Success
2014 Super Saturday!
2 May 2014
Super Saturday Event Our good neighbors, Houston First Church of the Nazarene, sponsored Super Saturday 2014! at the Willowlake Park and Gazebo on Saturday, April 19th. This Spring Festival had plenty of fun, live music, free food, blow-ups for kids, face painting, egg hunt and lots of crazy games! It was called SUPER SATURDAY because there was a SUPERHERO theme. As you can see from the photos, there was a great turn-out and everyone was having a good time.
Super Saturday This was the 2nd event that Houston First Church of the Nazarene sponsored at the Willowlake Park. The First one was last October.
Refer back to this page for important names and numbers for any issues, concerns or comments about the community.
If you would like to start a neighborhood group or committee, contact one of the board members or Randall Management.
Secretary/Treasurer Nancy Kapell firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 COMMITTEES Architectural Control Chairman - Mark Lackey email@example.com Social Events Chairman - James Deitiker firstname.lastname@example.org Newsletter Editor - Brooke Benefield email@example.com Yard of the Month - Phyllis Cutrer & Tammy Steffen firstname.lastname@example.org Neighborhood Watch Chairman - Mark Hubenak email@example.com Pool Chairman - Lynn Piwonski firstname.lastname@example.org Park Chairman - Diego Lamacchia email@example.com Gazebo Rental Baseball Field Reservations Randall Management - 713-728-1126, ext. 15 firstname.lastname@example.org
Deed Restrictions Lucy or Ruby email@example.com, ext. 18 Answering Service After business hours for common area emergencies (713) 850-4729 For information on your homeowner’s assessments, deed restriction violations or questions in general please contact:
Randall Management, Inc. 6200 Savoy, Suite 420, Houston, TX 77036 Phone: 713-728-1126 Fax: 713-728-5015 www.randallmanagement.com
All Emergencies................................................................911 Harris County Sheriff.......................................713-221-6000 Vacation Watch (Sheriff ’s Office).................281-290-2100 S.E.A.L. Security Solutions………….........….713-422-2770 Vacation Watch (S.E.A.L. Security)…........…713-442-2770 Department of Public Safety.............................281-890-5440 Fire Department (non-emergency)...................713-466-6161 Cypress-Fairbanks Hospital.............................281-897-3300 Memorial City Hospital............................... 713-932-3000 Center Point Energy - Outages Only…....…....713-207-2222
Center Point Energy - Gas..............................713-659-2111 Poison Control Center....................................800-222-1222 Harris County Animal Control..................... 281-999-3191 Pools by Dallas................................................713-932-8803 MUD #11...................................................... 281-807-9500 Willowplace Post Office.............................. 281-890-2392 Harris County Road & Bridge...................... 281-353-8424 VF Waste Services, Inc................................713-787-9790 Harris Co. Public Health and Environ. Svcs.713-920-2831 Street Lights Out….......www.centerpointenergy.com/outage
Director Scott McKenzie firstname.lastname@example.org
Collections Jennifer email@example.com ext. 22 Kevin firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 25 Alicia email@example.com ext. 26
RANDALL MANAGEMENT TEAM Managers Miguel Trevino firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 15 Jane Godwin email@example.com, ext. 11
Vice President Brannon Beck firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Mark Hubenak email@example.com
Area School News
4 May 2014
Jersey Village High School Journalism Students Win Awards Journalism students from both the J.V. Peregrine Newspaper and Yearbook staff were recognized for their exceptional work at the Press Women of Texas’ Edith Fox King Contest. Matthew DuBose, Monica Garcia, Marieke Alsguth, and Joel Montfort all received 1st Place finishes and will advance to the National Contest. Congratulations to all on a job well done! JVHS Broadcast & Publications Students Shine At the Interscholastic League Press Confer-
KIDS EAT FREE There’s no shortage of area restaurants with kids eat free specials for almost every day of the week. Remember, you must purchase an adult meal to take advantage of most of these offers.
*The last make-up day for the inclement weather will be on June 5. This date is identified on the current 2013-2014 School Calendar. ence in April, JVHS students along with their broadcasts and publications once again receive top honors. Their broadcasts and publications were honored with Awards of Achievement, Distinguished Merit, and the Siver Star. JV students received 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place recognition along with several Honorable Mentions. What an excellent job! Robotics The Robotics team from JVHS placed 2nd Place in the Robot Remix FIRST Robotics competition.
Denny’s 13031 FM 1960 W. (at Wortham Blvd.) 281-897-8050 Children 10 and under eat free on Tuesdays and Saturdays 4 to 10 p.m. Firehouse Subs 12149 FM 1960 (near Fallbrook) 281-807-0005 Children 12 and under eat free Sundays all day.
Backyard Grill 9453 Jones Rd. (at West Rd.) 281-897-9200 Children 12 and under eat free on Mondays all day, Wednesdays 4 to 9 p.m., and for breakfast on Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen 19817 NW Fwy. (at FM 1960) Black-eyed Pea 281-477-6002 10903 Jones Rd. (at 1960) Children eat free Saturday and Sunday from 281-890-6851 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children 12 and under eat free on Tuesdays after 5 p.m.
Area News for Seniors
“This isn’t the basic knit and bingo adult day center: it’s a different model,” she said. “It’s focused on a wellness clinic with an adult day component.” The center will also be focusing on holistic aging. Ultimately, Phillips hopes the center provides a place for seniors to socialize during the day. “We know some people have to take their parents to the local library because they don’t have a place to drop them off when they do errands,” Phillips said. “We want to bring seniors together and allow them to socialize, as opposed to sitting at home alone. With us they can socialize and keep living.” For more information on the facility, visit www. vaughngage.org.
Work on Hwy. 249 direct connector to begin soon A direct connector from southbound Hwy. 249 to westbound Beltway 8 is expected to be open to drivers before the end of 2015, said officials with the Harris County Toll Road Authority. With the final design phase underway, construction is expected to begin in May and last about 18 months. The connector will allow drivers to transit seamlessly at the interchange, similar to the
existing connector to eastbound Beltway 8. Updates on specific, anticipated lane closures will be posted to HCTRA’s website on an ongoing basis once construction begins, media relations coordinator Adam Collett said. “For most of the construction period, drivers can expect intermittent, short-duration lane closures on the frontage roads,” he said. “There will also be some intermittent, short-duration lane
closures on the main lanes.” The project will cost an estimated $25 million, which will be paid for by HCTRA. The project was proposed in preparation of the Hwy. 249 toll road. Phase I of the Hwy. 249 toll road—three toll lanes in each direction from south of Spring Cypress road to north of FM 2920—is expected to be complete in spring 2015.
Cy-Fair senior center on track to open in new location A new center for seniors will open early this year across from Cypress-Fairbanks Hospital. The first licensed, freestanding adult day center in Cy-Fair is set to open early this year in a 10,000-square-foot building off Fallbrook Drive, across from Cy-Fair Hospital. The Vaughn Gage Healthy Aging Center will provide a place for seniors to stay during the day, with extended hours from 7 a.m.–7 p.m. The center will have a full-time nurse on staff to administer medication, and there will be transportation services available for clients, along with counseling services. The Senior Citizens Bureau is also working to add two restrooms and a shower to accom-
Rita’s Italian Ice and Custard Rita’s Italian Ice and Custard just opened its new northwest Houston location at the Steeplechase Shopping Center at 9587 Jones Road. The business offers Italian ice, combining ice with real fresh fruit as well as frozen custard and milkshakes.
modate more people, said Asheva Phillips, president of the nonprofit.
This page is designed to keep Willowlake residents in the loop about all the great things happening in and around the Willowlake area.
1. Re-evaluate Security vendor and consider possible change (Complete) 2. Cut back tree limbs blocking street lights along Big Branch Dr. to allow for better lighting on this street (Complete) 3. Install (new) updated sprinkler controllers to the sprinkler system. This will produce a significant savings in our water bill (Complete) 4. Re-plaster Willowlake pool (Complete) 5. Completely paint sides of community mailboxes where black paint was used to cover graffiti (Complete) 6. Install “No Soliciting” signs at all 6 entrances (Complete) 7. Order and set up replacement pool furniture (Complete) 8. Pressure wash and re-stripe both park parking lots (Complete) 9. Restart the Willowlake Newsletter with an electronic version (Complete)
The Willowlake Board of Directors continues to work for you and the community. The following is a list of items that we are working on for you: 10. Find a Newsletter Editor (Complete) 11. Paint over graffiti at the gazebo (Complete) 12. Install surveillance cameras along perimeter fence at pool (Complete) 13. Park signage repairs/repaint (Complete) 14. Put parking lot timers on photocells (Complete) 15. Replace or re-paint the faded parts of the playground equipment (Red slides are complete. Green pieces of equipment will be painted (In Progress) 16. Replacing faded stop signs – In progress (50% are done) 17. Stop sign poles - Straighten crooked poles, remove tape and paper and repaint the yellow poles (In progress) 18. Reprogram sprinkler timers to only water main park after hours (In progress) 19. Sidewalk repairs
Neighborhood Watch Tips: Let’s all work together to help eliminate neighborhood crime. Please watch out for these activities in our neighborhood: * Someone running from a car or home. * Someone screaming. If you can’t explain the screams, call law enforcement and report them. * Someone going door-to-door in the neighborhood or looking into windows and parked cars. * Someone asking about past residents. * Someone who appears to have no purpose wandering through the neighborhood. * Unusual or suspicious noises that you cannot explain, such as breaking glass or pounding. * Vehicles moving slowly without lights or with-
out an apparent destination. * Business transactions conducted from a vehicle. This could involve the sale of drugs or stolen goods. * Offers of merchandise available for ridiculously low prices. The merchandise might be stolen. * Someone walking or running while carrying property at an unusual time or place. * Someone removing property from unoccupied residences. * A stranger entering a neighbor’s home, which appears to be unoccupied. * A stranger in a car who stops to talk to a child. * A child resisting the advances of an adult.
Safety and Security Tips: Here are some quick security tips from SEAL Security:
Ask a Relative, Friend or Trusted Neighbor to Help It’s always a good idea to have additional people looking after your home. If it’s someone you trust, give them a key to your house to water your plants, feed your pets, and bring in your mail. Make sure to leave a list of important numbers (including
Remove Your Spare Key There’s no reason to leave a spare anywhere on your property while you are away. Leave a spare key only with someone you trust. Stop Your Mail Order a Hold on your mail and newspapers, or have someone you know collect it on a daily basis. Having a week’s worth of mail on your front step is a dead giveaway you’re not home. Go to holdmail.usps.com/duns/HoldMail. jsp and place a Hold order. Jacqueline Reyes Contributing Writer SEAL Security & Solutions, LLC www.sealsecurity.com
Request FREE Vacation Watches Services. The request must be put in at least one week prior to departure. Visit sealsecuritytexas. com/contact-us.php, download the Vacation Watch form or call SEAL Security at 713-442-2770 to request a Vacation Watch form to be emailed to you, fill out and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t Leave Your Lights On Don’t leave your lights on the whole time you are away in an effort to make it seem like you are home. Lights that stay on all day and night may give away clues to criminals. Instead, invest in a light switch timer that can turn your lights on and off automatically through a programmed schedule.
SEAL Security understands how much you invest in your home and belongings, which is why SEAL Security offers Vacation Watch Services while you are away at no extra charge. Officers will visit your home every time they are in the Willowlake community to check that doors and windows look secure and locked. However, while we try our best to protect your home and belongings, SEAL Security cannot always avoid a break-in or damage to your property. As a result, SEAL Security would like to offer a few useful tips to minimize the chances of a break-in or property damage while you are away:
SEAL’s hotline, 713-442-2770) and a way of contacting you in case of an emergency. Don’t Tip Off Criminals on the Web Don’t post about your vacation plans on any social media sites. This is a very easy way for criminals to stalk your home, wait until nobody is around, and plan a break-in. Wait until you come back home to post pictures, tweet, and update your status about your trip. You should also be careful what you say on your answering machine and voicemail.
Safety and Security Tips from SEAL Security: Protect Your Home While Away on Vacation
Courtesy Patrol Corner
8 May 2014
Because we live within a community association, the potential to solve the kinds of problems that plague individual homeowners is very good. Take community safety for instance. An individual homeowner can do very little to deter a burglary other than hire an outside security company to install an alarm which will notify the authorities after the break-in has occurred. More often than not, there is no way to communicate with their neighbors about security issues. Programs and the community is lacking in any enforceable rules and regulations that prohibit unauthorized parking and/or guests. All of which effectively deter residential burglary and crime. As residents of a community association, you are given the opportunity to communicate with your neighbors (through Facebook and this newsletter for example), and benefit from community rules.
“We All Contribute To Community Safety” The only thing that keeps us from taking control of our community and eliminating vandalism, burglary and other communitybased crime is 100% participation by all of the members of our community. If we all kept an eye out on our neighbors house while they are away, reported suspicious activity and/or persons, and complied with our rules & regulations, then we would virtually eliminate the causes of neighborhood crime. It can be easy to complain about the restrictions and lack of personal freedoms that living within a community association entails. Instead, we should be focusing on how we can use our association to help improve the quality of our lives. Let’s start focusing on the positives...and working together to preserve community safety. It is a great place to start! Submitted by: Mark Hubenak
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Yard of the Month - Phyllis A. Cutrer “Hey homeowners, it’s time to get those shovels out for your summer facelift-on your yard that is. The Yard of the Month committee has been meeting & we’re ready to get this show on the road. There will recognition with a sign for your yard for a month along with a picture in Facebook. In addition, we have approval to award $25 gift cards to the winners each month. We will be driving around the last week of May, June, July &
August and make our final decision the last day of the month. We look forward to seeing colorful, well groomed yards. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it adds to the value of the subdivision and your own home. Good luck! P.S. Plastic flowers will not be considered.”
Willowlake - Calls For Service HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE: 4/01/2014 - 4/30/2014 911 Hang Up...............2 Alarm Local................7 Alarm Silent................0 Alarm/Sil/Pan/......1 Assault/Agg............0 Burglary/Hab..........0 Burglary/Motveh.......1
Crim Mischief............0 Disch. Firearm............0 Dist/Famil y..........0 Dist/Fireworks.........0 Dist/Loud Noise.........0 D i s t / O t h e r. . . . . . . . . . 0 Domestic/Prevent....2
Fraudulent UseID.......1 In Progress..................0 Meet the Citizen........2 Open Door/Window...0 Susp Person.................1 Theft/Other..........0 Traf Initiative..............0
Traffic Stop..................1 Unk Med Emerg.........0 Vacation Watch...........0 Veh Speeding..............1 Veh Suspicious............1 Vehicle Stolen.............0 Welfare Check............2
If you ask a solicitor to leave your property and they refuse OR if ever you feel unsafe, threatened or need to report suspicious persons, please contact law enforcement. With the weather warming up, increased soliciting is possible. Please remember to be safe.
Please remember that for the safety of others, all pets within the community should be leashed or confined to your property at all times. Pets should not be allowed to roam free and owners should also clean up after their pets when walking them within the common areas of Willowlake. We understand you love your pet, but others may be allergic or frightened by animals. Please place a collar and identification tags on your pet so that if he/she does get loose, he/she can be easily returned to you.
best way to deal with Solicitors is to not open your door to them. If Residents in the community continue this habit, the solicitors find this area not worth their time and will not be attracted to the area. You may also purchase decals for above your door bells that say “No Soliciting” at a local hardware store. These types of decals greatly diminish the amount of solicitors you will receive at your door.
Attention Pet Owners
10 May 2014
Willowlake E-Newsletter Email List A monthly newsletter will no longer be mailed to each resident of Willowlake. Please contact Miguel with Randall Management mtrevino@ randallmanagement.com if you would like to be on the email list for the new E-Newsletter. In addition, the newsletter will also be posted on the Association’s website and Facebook page each month.
Willowlake Articles Contributions If you have an article or idea that you would like featured in the Wil lowlake Newsletter, please submit your article or idea to Miguel Trevino with Randall Management at email@example.com. All articles may be edited for content.
Recipe of the Month: Quick & Easy Dip! Easy Spinach & Artichoke Dip Makes:1.5 Cups Easy Spinach & Artichoke Dip Ingredients •3/4 c spinach (Use frozen; drain and squeeze out water) •3/4 c artichokes (packed in water or frozen) •1/3 c mayonnaise or sour cream •1/4 c cream cheese •1/3 c shredded cheese (Pepperjack, ricotta, mozzerella, Parmesan, no/lowfat cheese, etc.) •Black Pepper to taste Optional Seasonings to taste: Salt, Garlic, Onion Powder, Cayenne, Chili Powder, Curry, Red Pepper Flakes, seasoning blends such as Mrs. Dash blends, etc. Directions •Combine thawed spinach and artichokes (diced) in a bowl. •In another bowl, combine all remaining ingredients and stir. Pour white mixture over the spinach and artichokes, stir, and serve. Refrigerate leftovers for a few days; use common sense. Makes 9 servings.
Optional tweaks: Make this as a hot dip by baking in ramekins or a small baking dish for about 20 minutes at 350F or until bubbling/browned. Top with cheese on the top in the last 5 minutes or so of baking or broil for a cheesy gooey top layer. Yields approximately 1 1/2 cups dip. Double or triple the recipe if making for a party or crowd.