Memorial Parkway September 2020

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HCE SD FIRE DEPT. 48 281-599-8888

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Poison Control Center 800-764-7661

Domestic Abuse Center (emerg) 281-391-4357

• non-emergency 281-391-4504

Health Dept. (backyard cleanup) 713-274-6300

Animal Control 281-999-3191

Mosquito Control 713-440-4800

Memorial Hermann Katy Hosp. 281-644-7000

Post Office 800-275-8777

MUD #81 281-392-8112

MUD #81 (Trash) Best Trash 281-313-2378

Memorial MUD (Trash) WCA 281-368-8397

Centerpoint Energy

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• Gas - bills/report emergency 713-659-2111

• Street LIght Outages 713-207-2222

• Power Outages 800-752-8036/800-332-7143

SCHOOLS

KISD Administration 281-396-6000

KISD Security 281-396-7560

KISD Transportation Dept. 281-396-6220

MP Elementary 281-237-5850

Hayes Elementary 281-237-3200

MP Jr. HIgh School 281-237-5800

Taylor High School 281-237-3100

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President

Vice President

Treasurer

Secretary

Director

Mike Brahm

Charles Herring

Michael Olsen

William Pongrass

Michael Smyth

MPCA OFFICE

21600 Cimarron Parkway

Hours: Monday - Friday 9am-5pm

The office is open the first Tuesday of each month:

7pm - 8pm (except on holidays)

Answering machine

281-492-2949

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or email office@mphoa.org

IMPORTANT DATES IN SEPTEMBER 2020

September 4 th -5 th :

Garage Sale Weekend

September 8 th :

Board Meeting

OFFICE HOURS FOR SEPTEMBER 2020

Monday through Friday:

9 AM-5 PM

(Unless otherwise posted on the front door.)

MPCA BOARD MEETINGS

The Board of Directors meets in the Memorial Parkway

Clubhouse (21600 Cimarron Parkway) on the first

Tuesday of every month at 7 PM. The meeting is open

to all members of the Association. The Board is only

required by the State to have ONE meeting per year,

but MP has always had monthly meetings so that

they can be more accessible to the members that they

serve. Our monthly Board meeting, will be Tuesday,

September 8, 2020.

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2021 MAINTENANCE FEES

A statement along with the Annual letter will be mailed out to all

homeowners in October. The 2021 Maintenance Fee will be due on

January 1, 2021. If you want to get a head start and not have to pay

all at once you can set up a monthly auto pay through your online

bill pay. There is no charge to do this. Contact our office for more

information.

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2020 SEPTEMBER POOL SCHEDULE

CIMARRON POOL

Saturday, September 5 th :

Sunday, September 6 th :

Monday, September 7 th :

Saturday, September 12 th :

Sunday, September 13 th :

Saturday, September 19 th :

Sunday, September 20 th :

Saturday, September 26 th :

Sunday, September 27 th :

10 AM-8 PM

10 AM-6 PM

10 AM-8 PM Labor Day

10 AM-8 PM

12-6 PM

10 AM-8 PM

12-6 PM

10 AM-8 PM

12-6 PM

STAY CONNECTED

To find the latest news and information on upcoming events, documents,

copies of Board minutes and to register for Memorial Parkway’s

blog, please go to our web page mphoa.org. As another way to share

communication, ideas and events in our neighborhood is to “like” us on

Facebook.

QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? SUGGESTIONS?

We welcome communication from homeowners and residents. The

MPCA Board of Directors are your neighbors and are available to answer

questions. We love having comments and suggestion from everyone as

we strive to make Memorial Parkway a great place to live. Please contact

us at anytime via email at office@mphoa.org.

MEMORIAL PARKWAY ROADWAYS

Please help us keep our streets clear. We are receiving many complaints

from residents about cars being parked in the street with empty

driveways. Please be considerate of your neighbors when parking your

vehicles. Try to always park in your garage or on your driveway. If you

can’t park in your garage because you have too much clutter, spend some

time and clean out your garage! As a reminder, commercial vehicles are

not allowed in Memorial Parkway subdivision.

STREET GUTTERS AND DRAINS

We ask that you keep the street area in front of your home clean, so that

leaves, pine needles, grass clippings and dirt won’t accumulate in the

gutters next to the curb and end up being washed into the drains causing

them to back up and flood the streets. If you see someone putting grass

clippings, oil or other debris down the drains, please contact the MUD

District and the County at 281-463-6300. This includes lawn contractors

that are blowing the leaves into the street instead of bagging them.

HOW TO REPORT BACKYARD NUISANCE

If you have a neighbor with a terrible backyard such as garbage dumping,

unsanitary conditions, unsecured private swimming pools, etc., you can

call Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services’ at 713-274-

6300 to file a report.

NEED CURB REPAIR??

Do you have a broken curb in front of your home... Did you know that

Harris County Precinct 3 will come and fix it? It is as easy as going to

their website and filling out the service request form. They will come

and fix it for free (well, that is your tax dollars at work)! They will not fix

the curved part that attaches to your driveway, that is the homeowner’s

responsibility. You can go to www.pct3.com/about/service-request and

fill out the service request form if you have a broken curb that needs

repaired.

ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL COMMITTEE

All exterior changes to your property must be submitted to our committee

for approval before you start any work. This includes, but is not limited

to, painting, re-roofing, sheds, patio covers, fences, etc. All requests must

be on our request form that can be found online at our website www.

mphoa.org or at the office. Please give as much detail as possible, so there

is no delay in getting your request reviewed. Except for painting and reroofing,

it would be best to include a plat of your property that shows

property lines and easements in relation to the location of your project.

Architectural Modifications Approved June24-July 23, 2020

Exterior Paint 3

Exterior Repairs 6

Roof 3

Shed 1

Patio 1

Open Deed Restriction Violation Counts as of July 23, 2020

Animals 1

Architectural 2

Basketball Goal 2

Decorations 2

Driveways 8

Dumpster or Pod 2

Exterior Lighting 1

Fences 6

Flags & Flag Poles 3

Garages 6

Home Exterior

Dirt & Mildew 27

Exterior Paint 41

Exterior Repair 12

Gutters & Downspouts 12

Roof 4

Landscaping

weeds 5

vines 3

trim bushes 2

dead landscaping 2

border 0

Lawn Maintenance

bare spots 28

mow, edge, grass in seams 85

edging 35

grass in seams 38

ruts 2

street curb debris 1

Mailboxes 4

Outdoor Furniture 0

Satellite Dish 0

Sidewalk 14

Signs 60

Stored Items 56

Swimming Pools & Spas 0

Trash Containers 93

Trees

dead tree 0

leaves & tree debris 7

low tree branches 5

palm tree 3

stump 5

Use 1

Vehicles

commercial 1

parking 1

storage 16

repairs 0

recreational vehicles 3

trailer 11

Windows

window a/c unit 1

window treatments 2

damaged glass 0

Total 613

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JUNE SECURITY REPORT

Accident Major 1

Accident Minor 2

Accident FSGI 2

Alarm Local 7

Animal-Humane 6

Animal-Aggressive 2

Assault-Family 1

Assault-Sex Child 1

Burglary-MotorVehicle 1

Check Park/School 18

Child Custody Dispatch 1

Contract Checks 82

Criminal Mischief 1

Discharge Firearms 1

Disturbance-Juvenile 1

Disturbance-Family 2

Disturbance-Loud Noise 4

Disturbance-Other 3

Domestic Prevent 1

Drug/OD/Poss 1

Flooded Roadway 1

Follow Up 4

Incident Report 2

Information call 82

Meet the Citizen 47

Meet the Officer 3

Mental Health 5

Missing Person 1

MUD Building Check 4

Neighborhood check 85

Open Door/Window 2

Silver Watch 6

Special Assignment 10

Stranded Motor Vehicle 1

Suspicious Person 11

Telephone Harassment 1

Theft-Other 1

Traffic Initiative 11

Traffic Stops 6

Unk Medical Emergency 1

Vacation Watch 23

Vehicle Abandoned 1

Vehicle Suspicious 9

Vehicle Stickered 1

Vehicle Stolen 1

Welfare Check 7

Writ of Execution 14

Total: 478

CLUBHOUSE RENTAL

Clubhouse rental is subject to availability on a first come/first serve basis. The

clubhouse is only rented to Memorial Parkway adult residents (owner or renter) in

good standing (maintenance fee current and not in violation of deed restrictions).

Resident must show valid ID when renting facility and must be present during the

entire time of rental. A rental fee of $50 is required at the time the reservation is

made. Rental of the Clubhouse requires refundable deposit of $275.

HOURS OF RENTALS & FEE RATES

• Monday-Saturday, 8 AM-4 PM: $50

• Monday-Saturday, 5 PM-1 AM: $50

• Sunday, 8 AM-1 PM: $50

• Sunday, 1:30 PM-1 AM: $50

• All Day Rentals from 8 AM-1 AM: $100

NON-PROFIT CLUBHOUSE RENTAL

The Memorial Parkway Clubhouse is available to non-profit adult and

youth groups for meetings. The meeting times and days are: 3 PM, 5:30 PM,

6:45 PM and 7 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday (some

exceptions regarding times on Sunday). Reservations must be made at

least 2 weeks prior to reservation date. For additional details, contact the

MPCA office at 281-492-2949. All groups who wish to use the Clubhouse

must be comprised of no less than 80% of Memorial Parkway residents.

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GARAGE SALES

MPCA would like to suggest that garage sales be conducted the first Friday and

Saturday of each month. This will eliminate the many signs that are out each week

and also makes for a stronger turn out. Most area communities only allow sales

twice a year. Memorial Parkway could be known for its “Once a Month” garage

sales. Do not attach your garage sale signs to the STOP signs, as it is against the

law and the County can issue citations for this. If a sign is on a public right of way,

like the esplanades), they may be subject to fines of $500-$1,000 per occurrence

per day. We also ask that you do not post your signs on the property of another

resident. When your sale is over, please go back and pick up all of your signs.

REMINDER FOR DOG WALKERS

Be a responsible/considerate pet owner by picking up your dog’s waste

from your neighbor’s yard when you’re out for a walk. There’s nothing

more frustrating than stepping in fecal matter in your own yard when

you don’t even have a pet.

PROCEDURE FOR REPORTING BARKING DOGS:

1. Contact your neighbor and work it out as good neighbors should.

2. In the event that #1 is not possible, contact the Constables at 281-463-

6666. It is our understanding that the Constables will investigate the

barking dogs. In order to file a formal complaint you must be willing to

give the officer your name, address and phone number for their records.

PROCEDURE FOR REPORTING LOOSE DOGS,

DOG BITES & LOST PETS:

1. Contact Harris County Animal Control at 281-999-3191 or 281-999-3194.

A recorded message will guide you through the system. When reporting a

loose animal you will be asked to give your name and address, a description

of the animal and the address of the animal’s owner (if known).

DISCLAIMER

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CENTERPOINT ENERGY STREET LIGHT OUT????

To report a burned out street light, you may contact CenterPoint Energy at

713-207-2222 or online at www.centerpointenergy.com/outage. Please

know the number that is on the pole and street address of the pole.

WALKS/RUNs

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION INVITES

KATY/WEST HOUSTON RESIDENTS TO

JOIN 2020 WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S®​

Participants will Raise Critically Needed Awareness and Funds for

Alzheimer’s Care, Support and Research. ​The Alzheimer’s Association®​

is inviting​Katy, Fulshear, Cypress, Richmond and other West Houston

area ​residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in

the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.​​The Walk will take

place on Saturday, September 26, 2020,​​The Katy/West Houston Walk

to End Alzheimer’s continues, but instead of hosting a large gathering,

the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging participants to walk as

individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across Katy,

West Houston, Fulshear, Richmond and surrounding areas.

Time-honored components of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s are being

replicated. On walk day, an Opening Ceremony will feature local speakers

and a presentation of Promise Flowers to honor the personal reasons

participants join together to fight Alzheimer’s and all other dementia, all

delivered to participants’ smartphones, tablets and computers. A small

group of Alzheimer’s Association staff and volunteers will create the iconic

Promise Garden in a “view only” format on Walk day on commercial Blvd

along the original walk route to honor all those impacted by Alzheimer’s.

To enhance the participant experience leading up to the event and on

Walk day, new features are being added to the Walk to End Alzhemer’s

mobile app to create an opportunity for the community to connect.

Participants can use the app and new “Walk Mainstage’’ to track their

steps and distance, follow a virtual Walk path, manage their Facebook

fundraisers and access information and resources from the Association

and Walk sponsors to help individuals and families affected by the

disease. A new audio track is available to encourage participants along

the way and to congratulate them upon completion of their Walk.

There is no registration fee for participants. Sign up today as a team and

encourage your friends, family members, neighbors, book club, gym and

coworkers to join your team and start walking today!! There are many

incentives to raise funds but our main objective this year is to increase

participation in this growing community and increase awareness. For

more info, please visit www.alz.org​ or call 800-272-3900.

cRAFT SHOWS/FESTIVALS

SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP MARKETPLACE

Shop ‘til You Drop Marketplace is a huge vendors market, which provides

a unique and varied shopping experience. This event is an annual

fundraiser that is put on by the Cy-Fair Women’s Club, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit,

community-service based organization. Our fundraising efforts are

directed back to the community. Vendors and shoppers look forward to

the event year after year and our membership is committed to its success

This year’s show will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at the

Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress, Texas 77433. The doors

will open to shoppers from 9 AM to 5 PM. NEW THIS YEAR! We have added

a virtual online market. For more details about the show and for current

status and changes due to COVID 19, check out our website, www.

cyfairwomensclub.org/current-year-status-and-vendor-list.

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package! We have limited availability via phone at this time, so if you have

questions or need assistance, please email rather than call. A representative

from our box office will call you back as soon as possible. Be assured, as we

prepare to return in the fall, there will be a new focus on social distancing,

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Apollo 8 - September 9-October 4, 2020

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Mildred’s Umbrella Theater has put a hold on live productions until December

2020, to insure the safety of our patrons and our artists. We hope you are all

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TOOTH AND TAIL - a fun-filled digital reading -

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FEMFEST HOUSTON: BLACK WOMEN’S VOICES -

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HOUSTON WEST FAMILY GENEALOGY SOCIETY

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020, 12:30-3 PM

Do you have DNA results? So what do you do now? Join us for a special

and informative program on making sense of DNA results and how you

can use your data to solve genealogical puzzles! The speaker, Gail Colby,

will explain what DNA is and what your results mean. This is a virtual

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8 TIPS FOR STUDYING AT HOME EFFECTIVELY

1. TRY ACTIVE STUDYING: Active studying is

as simple as asking questions before, during

and after study time. Not only does this help

to give your study session direction, but it also

helps keep you on track and reflect on how to

improve for your next study session!

Questions to ask yourself before you study:

What am I about to learn?

What do I already know about this subject?

Questions to ask yourself while you study:

How does this information fit into a bigger

picture?

Do I understand what I have just read?

Can I paraphrase it?

Are there any key words or ideas that I need to

write down? Why are these words and ideas

important?

Questions to ask yourself after you study:

What can I take away from this study session?

What do I need to review or learn next time?

HOW TO STUDY AT HOME

(WITHOUT GETTING DISTRACTED)

Studying at home has its perks: it’s a comfortable, low-pressure environment. However, there

are a few reasons it can be difficult to study at home; with so many distractions, it’s easy to

procrastinate-when you do start, it’s easy to get off track.

At home, procrastination and distraction can prevent you from accomplishing what you

need to get done. Watching TV, taking a nap, scrolling through social media or other activities

(maybe even cleaning your room!), are big productivity killers that take you away from your

goal of studying for or completing that assignment.

Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can use to help you be more productive. Here are 8

ways to help you stay focused and get more done when studying at home.

2. GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP: Students of all

ages should get at least eight hours of sleep

every school night. It’s the best way to ensure

that the brain is refreshed and ready to process

all of the information learned during the day. It

may be tempting to stay up late to cram, but it’s

more beneficial to get enough rest. A full night’s

sleep is especially important the night before a

test-a good night’s sleep makes you more alert

and improves memory for test material, leading

to better test results.

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1 tablespoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

8 Roma tomatoes, sliced

2 (12 inch) pre-baked pizza crusts

8 ounces shredded Mozzarella cheese

4 ounces shredded Fontina cheese

10 fresh basil leaves, washed, dried

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

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and Fontina cheeses. Arrange tomatoes overtop, then sprinkle with shredded

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4 cups milk

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