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The HOA Board received suggestions for different community events. In
an effort to offer various opportunities to strengthen our community,
we’re looking to add an event, which inspires and celebrates the rich
cultures demonstrated within our community. Of course, it will center
around food so look for more information in the coming months.
COMMON VIOLATIONS OF DEED RESTRICTIONS
Raintree Village is a deed-restricted community aimed at ensuring there’s
aesthetic uniformity between residential properties and that certain
other activities are limited. If you intend to do anything to the exterior of
your home, you must complete an application for home improvements
and modifications form. This includes installing a storage shed in your
There’s also an expectation that all residents will maintain their yard
and general appearance of the home. Common violations include
overgrown yards, mold on homes, trashcans visible from the street and
disabled vehicles. Our management company, KPM, drives through our
community at least once a week assessing compliance with the deed
restrictions. Any violations are communicated in a letter along with a
picture of the violation (date & time stamped).
It’s understandable that issuing or receiving such letters can be perceived
as a nuisance. Yet, it’s necessary so that all of us remain on the same
page of what constitutes a well-kept community (i.e. deed restrictions).
In general, the Management Company and HOA Board understand
residents are busy. Therefore, you are encouraged to contact the
management company (KPM) when a violation cannot be addressed
within stated timeframes noted in the letter.
It cannot be emphasized enough that communication is the key if you do
not understand a violation. Again, contact KPM or attend our HOA Board
meetings for additional clarification.
You are reminded of our standing committees, which need ongoing
volunteers. The committees are as follows:
• Pool Committee (organizes Official Pool Opening Party & monitors
activities during pool season)
• Newsletter - submit articles
• Yard of the Month - select section winners
We also need volunteers for the listed community activities. Volunteering
is an opportunity to make Raintree Village a better community for all the
residents. If you’re interested in volunteering for any of the noted events
or committees, contact Walonda Hollins at email@example.com.
DRIVING IN RAINTREE VILLAGE
Our community has grown significantly over the past year. Moreover, our
community has numerous homes along our main street, Raintree Village.
With such growth, it’s important that we’re more cognizant of our speed
while driving through Raintree Village and parking on community streets.
I’m sure everyone has noticed increased congestion along with cars
parked along various streets within our community. However, it’s
important that all of us adhere to the speed limit and encourage others
to do the same.
The following tips serve as a reminder for driving & parking in our
1. Drive the speed limit - 35 miles per hour
2. Do not block your neighbor’s driveway
3. Make sure you park in the direction of traffic when parking on the street
4. Make sure you park within 18 inches from the curb
5. Remain mindful if the street is narrow, street parking impose greater
limitations for emergency vehicles
Finally, we must be mindful that emergency vehicles are wider than
personal vehicles. Some community streets impose greater limitations for
emergency vehicles when there’s street parking. Although residents have
the right to park on the street, let’s be mindful of the aforementioned
TIPS TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF BURGLARY
It cannot be stated enough of the importance of minimizing our
exposure to crime. Our contract deputies stated that certain vehicles
have increased exposure to theft, specifically the tires and rims. The
vehicles commonly targeted are Ford F150, Dodge Chargers and Chevy
Tahoes. Although these vehicles have rim locks, another safeguard is to
park your vehicle in the garage or close to another vehicle. Anyway, you
can either slow down or cause attention will help reduce the risk of theft.
You need to be mindful to breakdown bags and boxes of large purchases,
if possible place in trash bins or bags. Although it’s time consuming and
burdensome, it doesn’t call attention to such items in your home.
The list below simply reminds us of other things we should be mindful
1. Take the time to meet and know your neighbors. Let them know if you
notice anything unusual such as cars or people at their homes.
2. Make sure to close garage doors when at home & away.
3. Don’t keep garage door openers in the car, take them in the house
with you; a garage door opener makes it easier for someone to enter your
garage or house to remove personal property.
4. Keep car doors locked and take valuables either in your home or ensure
the items are not in plain site; remember to take down the attachment for
your Garmin too, as it alerts individuals that something valuable may be
in the car.
5. If possible, keep a car in a driveway as it gives an impression that
someone is home.
6. Keep all shrubs and plants at a level low enough that passing by
officers or other residents can see if someone is lurking in those bushes!
Shrubs should also be trimmed high enough to show “feet” of someone
hiding in them.
7. Have keys in hand before leaving the store, house or office, avoiding
standing by the car searching for them.
8. Don’t leave ladders on the side of the house or in the back yard.
Ladders provide easy access to open second floor windows and no one
will be able to see.
9. Make sure you close blinds when you are inside at night with the lights
on, potential burglars can see right inside and know who is at home.
10. Use sensor lights outside the home. It deters criminals by “spot
lighting” their efforts to enter your home.
11. Use double key locks: locks that require a key from the outside and
from the inside.
12. Repair any broken areas of your fence, reducing the access of potential
burglars or mischievous kids.
13. When on vacation, let your neighbor(s) know so they can keep an eye
out for suspicious activity. You can also inform the Harris County Deputy’s
Office serving our area. The Storefront Office is located 19818 Franz Rd.,
Katy, TX 77449, 281-647-9371. The storefront hours: 9 AM - 5 PM.
14. When on vacation, keep yards mowed and trimmed, burglars spend
a lot of time in a neighborhood looking for their next targets. Overgrown
yards are a sure sign no one’s home.
BE SURE ADDRESS IS CLEAR FROM THE STREET
County officials want to remind residents of the Ordinance 5.3 requiring
that addresses or building numbers be legible and visible from the street.
The section states the numbers must be in Arabic numerals at least four
inches in height and clearly visible. The number should be placed on,
above or at the side of the main entrance so the number is clearly visible
from the public right away. Whenever a home entrance is more than 50
feet from a public right away, a number should also be placed at the end
of a driveway or property entrance.
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It’s come to HOA’s attention that the installation of satellite dishes on
some homes violates the deed restrictions. Satellites are expected to be
installed out of sight of public view. The Association appreciates residents
taking the time to ensure compliance.
RAINTREE VILLAGE HOA WEBSITE
We encourage you to visit our community website. The website includes
a link to review current crime statistics for our community (www.
crimereports.org) and pictures of Yard of the Month winners. As a fellow
resident, you’ll have access to critical information regarding the HOA
budget and annual meeting minutes.
The aforementioned information can only be accessed by establishing
a log-on user name and password. A request for an email address
during the initial signup process will enable residents to receive alerts of
upcoming events or critical notices. If you have any suggestions, please
contact KPM Management Office at 281-685-3090.
HARRIS COUNTY LEASH LAW
Animals that are not properly restrained pose a threat to all our residents.
While you may know your pet is friendly, an animal running at someone
who is walking by is very scary for that person. Many children are afraid of
animals and become frightened, which could result in the child getting
hurt trying to avoid the animal.
Harris County Animal Control advises, “All dogs and cats must be kept
under restraint while in the unincorporated areas of Harris County, Texas.
The custodian of a dog or cat is not authorized to have, harbor or keep
any unlicensed dog or cat, nor to allow any dog or cat to become a stray.”
Restraint is defined as “the control of a dog or cat under the following
1. When it is controlled by a line or leash not more than six (6) feet in
length, if the line or leash is held by a human being, who is capable of
controlling or governing the dog or cat in question
2. When it is within a fully enclosed vehicle
3. When it is on the premise of the custodian and the animal does not
have access to sidewalk or street.”
While it may be nice to have your animal out in the yard while you work
or play, it is against the law, unless the animal is properly restrained.
Let’s all help keep our community a safe and comfortable place for all
our residents by being responsible pet owners. This will not only protect
anyone who may be walking or bicycling in the area, but also the pet
owner who could be held legally responsible or possibly sued for failing
to properly restrain their pet.
To make a complaint or report an animal that is not properly restrained
Harris County Precinct #5, Contract #87: 281-463-6666
Harris County Animal Control: 281-999-3191
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THE STANDING RULES FOR
RAINTREE VILLAGE HOA BOARD MEETINGS
The Board of Directors feels it serves you best when the Board meetings
are conducted in an orderly manner. The HOA Board Meetings are held
to conduct Association business. Your cooperation in this regard is
requested. Parliamentary Procedure is followed at this Meeting.
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when that time slot has been filled, members must wait until the next
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hear from Members who have information concerning the Association.
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or comments from the floor, please proceed in the following manner.
1. If you wish to address the Board, please contact the Board at least 10
days prior to Meeting to be added to the agenda. You also have to state
the topic to be discussed and stay on that topic only.
2. Any Member wishing to address the Board shall speak no more than
two (2) minutes.
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than two (2) minutes, until all Members who wish to speak have done so.
4. Members of the audience shall not be permitted to interrupt nor
question any speaker.
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discussions during the open session and must remain quite or leave the
7. Violations of these Standing Rules will not be tolerated. Violators may
be requested to leave the Meeting.
We want all of our streetlights to work. A lighted area is a safer area. If a
streetlight is out in your area, please go to www.centerpointenergy.com
and report it. Once on the website, click on “electricity” then “residential.”
On the left side, you should click on “report a streetlight outage” to enter
the required information. Each light pole should have a number on it.
When reporting the out or malfunctioning light, give them the pole
number, closest street address, contact information, an email address
and the number of street lights you would like to report.
TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS
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 on our website (www.
krenekprinting.com, click submissions and choose Jobseekers) with your
name, birthdate (mo. & yr.), phone number, year you will graduate and
the name of your newsletter/subdivision. Check the list of jobs you want
on your form. Please make sure your email is correct, we send emails
in the summer to make sure all the info is still good and that you want
to stay on the list. If we do not hear back from you after 3 tries, we will
remove you from the list until we do. Must have parent(s) permission.
Neither the subdivision, nor Krenek Printing is responsible for those listed
on the Teenage Job Seeker List. Please ask for and check out references
if you do not personally know those listed. This is just a list of teenagers
from the subdivision who wish to find part time jobs. Responsibility for
any work done by these teenagers is between those seeking helpers and
the teens and their parents.
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FAMILY FUN MONTH
Each year, Family Fun Month is celebrated throughout the month of August. It is the opportune time to enjoy family with extra fun and activities. Make
some time this month for family fun.
You may want to:
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• Enjoy a backyard campfire
• Build a backyard fort
• Family bike ride
• Day trip to the zoo
• Day at the park
• Make a talent show
• Cook meals together
• Have a karaoke night
• Order pizza/watch a movie in the backyard
• Use your imagination, spend time together and have fun!!
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whether we will be able to come together of 1,300 walkers or not. So
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will enjoy a fun-filled experience that includes valuable information,
celebrations, entertainment, corporate sponsors and so much more.
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before the stay-at-home order. The 24/7 Free Hotline can be a lifeline for
those who suffer from the disease and those who care for them, call
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GINGERBREAD VILLAGE HOLIDAY MARKET 2020
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Satsuma Rd., Houston, TX, between west little york and Highway 529. If
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SEA RIM STATE PARK: SABINE PASS, TX
This park has 4,000 acres of marsh and a boardwalk going through so you
can enjoy without getting your feet wet. Campers, cabin-dwellers and
RV-goers all have a place here at Sea Rim State Park. Feel free to fish from
the boardwalk or explore with your rented or own canoe or kayak. Sea
Rim also has the option to explore its grounds from home via their virtual
tour of the trails map.
NORTHLAKE RV RESORT: HOUSTON, TX
Come to Northlake RV Resort if you’re looking for a nice and relaxing place
to kick your feet up and breathe deeply. This resort has got a massive list of
amenities so it’s ridiculous to try to write them all here, but if you’re interested
you should definitely check out their website. Some of the best aspects of
this resort are the park-wide wifi, the stocked fishing lakes and the fire pits.
This place allows for extended stays and weekend trips, so regardless of your
plans you’ll definitely have plenty of options right next to home!
TRADERS VILLAGE RV RESORT:
Traders Village is a short drive for you and a wonderful place to stay. The
electric and water hookups are free, there is a pool for swimming, and
there’s wifi. Bring your picnic supplies so you can eat outside at the picnic
tables while enjoying the weather. You’re welcome to lounge around
and enjoy relaxing or you can go next door to the flea market that hosts
events and activities for visitors.
ALLSTAR RV RESORT: HOUSTON, TX
At AllStar RV Resort, they’ve got anything you could need while camping
in your RV and more. If you’ve got yourself a Fido who wanders himself
into a smelly situation, there’s a dog washing station here for your (and
your nose’s) convenience. Take advantage of the swimming pool, the
computer room, the recreation room and more. There’s also a stadium
nearby for baseball fans to watch their games.
ESCAPE THE PAVEMENT: HOUSTON, TX
There are actually two camping sites associated with Escape the Pavement
near Houston. There are four aspects to Escape the Pavement: Heyne
Ranch, Lake Houston Wilderness Park, Blackwood Land Institute and Big
Thicket National Preserve. It’s actually super great, because no matter
your flavor preference of outdoors experience, this place has got you. One
is a ranch for you and your horse to enjoy pastures, rivers and wooded
trails; perfect for a day trip. You’ll also love the bonfires on the beach! One
of their campgrounds has over 4,000 acres of forest and a creek that you
can go ahead and explore the trails winding around through it on your
horse, bike or on foot. The other area available for camping is restricted to
primitive camping only because it is located on a preserve. Lastly, the land
institute is a great educational place for kids and adults alike. Check out
their website if any of these interest you and start planning a trip!
LAKE SOMERVILLE: SOMERVILLE, TX
The campground and park are also full of opportunities for fun in the sun.
Water activities like swimming, skiing, fishing, and the likes are all great
ideas on Lake Somerville. There are picnic areas for campers or day hikers
to sit, enjoy the view, and munch on their sandwiches. Birdwatching,
volleyball, hiking and horseback riding are popular pass times. Overall,
this is a wonderful place to relax and play in the great outdoors.
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SHELDON LAKE STATE PARK: HOUSTON, TX
Sheldon Lake State Park is open to fishing and wildlife observation. You’re
welcome to take your boat out for a ride or fish off the banks, so long as
you’re wary of the alligators inhabiting the park. The learning center has
tons of activities for the kids that you can sign up for and enjoy. Some
of these activities are more hands-on, like catch and release fishing
and some are visual demonstrations like green building technologies
or smart wildscape demonstrations for gardening and using beautiful
BASTROP STATE PARK: BASTROP, TX
A forest with a history and personality, the Lost Pines located on Bastrop
State Park used to be a luscious and well-groomed forest before being
damaged by floods and fires. Now, the forest’s recovery is just as beautiful
a sight. The story itself is a perfect reason to visit, but Bastrop also has
swimming, biking, hiking and geocaching as an incentive. If you’re
looking to exploring the surrounding area, Bastrop also has museums
and restaurants to check out on your vacation!
BUESCHER STATE PARK: SMITHVILLE, TX
Experienced bicyclists looking for a challenge will enjoy the bike trails
here at Buescher State Park. This park connects with Bastrop State Park via
a paved road with great views of the area. Unfortunately, there is currently
no swimming in this park, but if you adventure the short commute to the
nearby Bastrop you’ll find a nice swimming pool for visitors like yourself.
Lastly, if you’re hankering to float along in a tandem kayak or a canoe, you
can do so through rental at Buescher State Park.
LOCKHART STATE PARK: SMITHVILLE, TX
This park has a pool, grounds for camping, trails to hike and a nine-hole
golf course among many other things that allow you to get active! If you
want to go fishing but don’t want to lug around your equipment, you’re
in luck! The park has fishing equipment available for guests to use during
their stay. If you’re looking to have a gathering of people for a family or
church event, there is a Group Recreation Hall that also has a kitchen
capable of holding up to 75 people at once.
LAKE LIVINGSTON: LIVINGSTON, TX
If you’re looking for a beautiful place to host a family reunion, try looking
here! Campsites have full hookups and there are rentable screen shelters
as well. As long as you’re wary of the alligators that dwell in the area,
visitors can enjoy camping, hiking, birding, swimming, and biking. On
your way in and out you can stop at the souvenir shop that sells treats
LAKE LIVINGSTON KOA: ONALASKA, KOA
Here’s a popular KOA that you’ll probably need to make a reservation for
ahead of time to ensure you get yourself a spot for the night. There is
a beautiful pool with lounge chairs for you to relax and sink into while
soaking in the sun. Your kids will enjoy the playground. If you love
enjoying the great outdoors and its many inhabitants, there is a local bald
eagle named Eddie who supposedly flies around the area frequently.
There is also fishing, a pavilion to admire the scenery in, and is known for
the sunset views.
VILLAGE CREEK STATE PARK: LUMBERTON, TX
Campers interested in sleeping in tents, RVs or cabins are welcome here.
You’ll be able to go swimming, fishing, biking, hiking and more with your
friends and family. If you prefer to learn about your surroundings and its
history rather than being emerged in the real deal, there are programs
and museums aplenty for you to observe and glean information from
during your stay.
PALMETTO STATE PARK: GONZALES, TX
This little oasis has a multitude of thirsty plants that cannot live in other
areas due to the lack of water. The park is named for the dwarf palmettos
that grow beneath the trees. As a visitor, you can also enjoy the copious
amounts of flowing and stagnant water by swimming, tubing, fishing
and canoeing. Those interested in keeping dry will enjoy bird watching,
hiking, geocaching or staring at the dwarf palmettos.
VICTORIA COLETO CREEK LAKE KOA: VICTORIA, TX
Come to this RV and tent camping site to enjoy the lovely wildflowers,
scattered oaks, birds and other wildlife. There is a pond with catfish that you
can relax on the edge of while fishing and other areas for freshwater fishing.
The winters are not as frigid as up north, so you can always count on decent
weather should you decide to vacation here! There are plenty of places in the
area for you to check out, making it perfect for both short or extended stays.
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Chocolate Raspberry Cloud
You could make this on National Raspberries N’ Cream Day August 7th!
1 1/2 cups finely crushed chocolate wafer cookies
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup raspberry syrup
1 (9 ounce) package thin chocolate wafers
1/4 cup fresh raspberries (optional)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves (optional)
1/8 cup semisweet chocolate curls (optional)
To Make Crust: In a small bowl, mix together crushed cookies and melted butter. Press
mixture into a 9 inch pie pan using your hands or the back of a spoon. Refrigerate until
To Make Filling: Whip 2 cups of cream until soft peaks form. Continue to whip while slowly
adding sugar, followed by vanilla extract. Whip until stiff, then stir in 1/2 cup raspberry
Spread a layer of whipped cream mixture 1/2 inch deep into bottom of pie crust. Cover
with a layer of chocolate cookies. Cover with another 1/2 inch layer of whipped cream
mixture, followed by more cookies. If desired, slightly overlap the cookies, dipping them
in whipped cream mixture before placing them in pan. Continue alternating layers until
cookies are gone, and finish with a layer of whipped cream mixture. Cover carefully.
Refrigerate at least 12 hours before serving. Pie will keep up to 3 days.
Just prior to serving, whip remaining 1/2 cup cream and cover pie with a fresh layer. If
desired, garnish with fresh raspberries, mint leaves and chocolate curls.
You could make this on National Chop Suey Day August 29th!
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups diced pork loin
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced celery
1 cup hot water
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (14.5 ounce) can bean sprouts, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup cold water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon white sugar
Heat shortening in a large, deep skillet. Sear pork until it turns white, then
add onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add celery, hot water, salt and pepper.
Cover skillet and simmer for 5 minutes. Add sprouts and heat to boiling.
In a small bowl combine the cold water, cornstarch, soy sauce and sugar.
Mix together and add to skillet mixture. Cook for 5 minutes or until
thickened to taste.
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