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BICYCLE HELMETS SAVE LIVES

We are happy to see so many people enjoying the great outdoors during

the pandemic. We have noticed that a majority of kids and adults on

bicycles are not wearing helmets, so we wanted to share some statistics

with you from the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute.

• It is estimated that 75% of bicycle-related fatalities among children

could be prevented with a bicycle helmet.

• Head injuries are responsible for 75% of deaths among bicyclists

involved in crashes.

• Non-helmeted riders are 14 times more likely to be involved in a fatal

crash than helmeted riders.

• Helmets provide a 66 to 88% reduction in the risk of head, brain and

severe brain injury for all ages of bicyclists, including accidents involving

bikes and motor vehicles.

• Universal use of bicycle helmets by children ages 4 to 15 could prevent

approximately 145 deaths, 42,000 head injuries and 36,000 scalp and

face injuries annually.

One study found that children whose helmets fit poorly are at twice the

risk of head injury in a crash compared with children whose helmet fit is

excellent. In addition, children who wear their helmets tipped back on

their heads have a 52% greater risk of head injury than those who wear

their helmets centered on their heads.

SCS PORTAL A HIT

We are pleased to report that 640 NC homeowners have signed up

to use the new online portal from our management company, SCS

Management. The portal was launched in May.

With the new portal, homeowners are able to view their financial history

and make electronic payments, with the option of setting up automatic

payments on an annual or monthly basis. You may also submit and track

architectural requests, view deed restriction violations (with photos) and

communicate with our community manager.

You can create your account by visiting portal.scsmgmt.com. Select

“Login” and then “Sign up.” You will be assigned a new 10-digit account

number that will be utilized on all future HOA business. Please use your

new account number when making payments.

A FEW FINANCIAL UPDATES

We know you are super excited for this super exciting annual composite

report about the current financial condition of your HOA, in terms of

payment of the annual HOA assessment, which is currently $300 per lot.

As of July 21 st , 72 Nottingham Country homeowners are past due for their

annual assessment. We have approximately 2,200 homes in Nottingham

Country, Sections 1-9, so that represents about 3%. Out of the 72, 61

homeowners are past due for only the 2020 assessment, which was due

12/31/2019. Those that were not paid were turned over to our attorney in

mid-August, which will add additional legal fees to what they currently owe.

Eleven of the 72 homeowners fall into the category of what we consider

major delinquents, as they owe the 2020 fee plus two or more years of

past due assessments. The status of those 11 is as follows:

• Four are currently in Chapter 13 bankruptcy and we are receiving

periodic payments on three of those. The fourth one is in the process of

having the bankruptcy dismissed due to non-payment.

• Two are currently paying monthly installments and we do have a

judgment against one of these.

• NCCIA has filed lawsuits against five of them. We have judgments

against two of them and they were posted for the August and September

foreclosure sales.

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We understand that homeowners may have occasional financial

issues and we ask that you contact our management company, SCS

Management, to work out installment payments. You can email Manager

Terrie Brown at tbrown@scsmgmt.com or call her at 281-500-7121. If you

don’t contact us, there is little we can do to help you.

We also want to include a reminder here about why the HOA dues are

important. NCCIA’s expenses are approximately $660,000 per year. Our

biggest line item is $300,000, which goes to Harris County for the deputies

that exclusively patrol our subdivision. Our next highest expenses are

landscaping and the management company.

We also have many other important financial obligations and it should

be noted that our $300 annual fee is on the low end of the average in

Houston. You can view our audits, which include budgetary information,

on the NC website: nottinghamcountry.org. It’s under “Financials” under

the “Residents” tab.

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FORECLOSURES IN NOTTINGHAM COUNTRY

As of late July, there were no foreclosures to report in Nottingham

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SECURITY REPORT FOR JUNE

Abandoned vehicles: 1

Alarms: 11

Arrest:

1 (DWI)

Auto accidents: 3

Burglaries (garage): 3

Burglaries (vehicle): 2

Check Rennie Park: 19

Criminal mischief: 2

Disturbances: 8

Fraudulent use of ID: 1

Meet the citizen: 26

Natural death Call: 1

Reports: 13

Solicitors: 3

Stranded motor vehicle: 2

Suspicious persons: 5

Suspicious vehicles: 12

Thefts: 2

Traffic stops: 5

Vacation watches: 10

Vehicle recovery: 1

Welfare checks: 4

As always, we encourage NC residents to continue to call Precinct 5

Dispatch at 281-463-6666 regarding any suspicious activity. Also, if

you see any deputy or me patrolling, feel free to say hello. Community

policing makes a difference. NC residents are our eyes and ears on the

streets and working together we can keep Nottingham Country a great

and safe place to live. ~ Sergeant Hillman

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YOGA AND ZUMBA CLASSES

Rick Rice Park would like to invite members of the community to participate

in events being offered at the park. On Monday mornings at 9 AM, a yoga

class is offered at Francesca’s Garden, which is at the south end of the park

(behind Mann Eye Institute). The suggested fee is $5 and the money will

go to the Citizens for Animal Protection. On Wednesday mornings at 9

AM, also at Francesca’s Garden, a Zumba class is offered; the $5 suggested

donation will go to a nonprofit group. For more information, please

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NOTTINGHAM COUNTRY MOM’S GROUP

We are wishing everyone happy seasons ahead. We have loved seeing

so many new faces at our play dates, MNOs and on our secret Facebook

group. Every month our group gets together for a variety of scheduled

fun activities along with impromptu meet-ups at the park. If you are a

new or veteran Nottingham Country mom and haven’t joined our group

we hope to see you soon, please contact us via email ncmomskaty@gmail.

com. Have a fabulous month from The Nottingham Country Moms’ Group.

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.

DISCLAIMER: 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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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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Free Admission!!!! Shopping, Children’s Activities and food! Bring

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

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Church Events

HOW TO CELEBRATE READ A BOOK DAY

Read a Book Day comes to us every September 6 th . It may seem strange

to celebrate an activity that plenty of us enjoy many, if not most, days

of the year. But it never hurts to indulge in something extra to make a

cherished activity more enjoyable. You can read outside, enjoy a snack,

reflect on what a favorite book means to you and more. Here are five

ideas to celebrate Read a Book Day.

Read Outside: Read a Book Day fortunately coincides with a time of year

that for much of the globe brings pleasant weather. Late summer often

provides the right amount of sun and heat, begging a reader to bring

books outside. Granted, that’s a bit difficult for those of us who have to

spend prime daylight hours at work or in school, but you can always

sneak some reading time in the early morning, late afternoon or evening.

Take your book to the beach, an outdoor table, the porch or anywhere

else that makes your day of reading a little more special.

Enjoy a Book With Good Food (or a Drink): C.S. Lewis said that “Eating

and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.” We might take

this as a cue for our own Read a Book Day celebration. There are some

things to consider, though. I, for one, traditionally have trouble finding

the right food to eat while reading (fruit like grapes and strawberries wet

my fingers and the pages and large meals involving fork and knife make

holding the book open unwieldy). But for Read a Book Day, I might put

those past failures behind me. Baked goods like cookies and pastries

make for great company, while coffee and tea are always enhancements

to a good story. Heck, it’s the summer. You might even celebrate the day

with a glass of wine or a special cocktail.

Share a Quote or Reflection on Social Media: Many a book goes

unread because it gets lost in the noise. It can be hard to know what’s

worth our attention in the dizzying selection of books we have available

and one of the most important resources we have as readers is a good

recommendation. You can celebrate reading by excerpting a favorite

quote from a book and sharing it on Facebook or Twitter. If you want to

go the extra mile, dress up a favorite title for a photo on Instagram and

caption it with why it means something to you. Picking the right book

intimidates more people than you think and you never know who you’re

helping and who might add your recommendation to their reading list.

Go Outside of Your Typical Selection Habits: Some readers want to

own their books and love bookstores. Some readers prefer the different

selection and freedom of a library. Others prefer shopping online. All of

these habits are great, but it can be rewarding to try something new. Does

your community have a used bookstore? There’s a lot that might surprise

you, especially if you’re used to going to Barnes & Noble. Do you like to

shop online for books? There are plenty of places where you can get old,

unusual, rare or interesting editions that the major vendors won’t have. Plus,

it always pays to visit your local library. A little difference can go a long way

in reminding you of the wide cultural world of books.

Ask Someone for a Recommendation: Celebrating books goes the other

way, too. It’s always good to make something solitary, like reading, more

social. A good way to do this is to reach out to someone who could give

you a recommendation. People are always happy to share their favorite

titles and it’s a nice way to reconnect with someone over books. After all, a

book’s very purpose is to connect us better to the world in the first place.

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KATY CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CONNECTION (KCWC)

KCWC is part of Stonecroft, a ministry for women which provides Bible

Studies, Prayer Connections and fellowship luncheons around the US.

Katy Christian Women also sponsors monthly Prayer Coffees. Please visit

our website at Katycwc.org for locations. The Katy group meets every

other month for lunch and a program at the Club at Falcon Point, 24503

Falcon Point Drive, Katy. There are no membership dues to pay and the

luncheon is $20 all inclusive paid at the door. Lunch reservations are

required. For more information or to RSVP for the luncheon, please Email

KCWCReservations@gmail.com or call Kathy at 816-517-9279.

KATY WOMEN’S AGLOW

Katy Women’s Aglow, a part of Aglow International, is a local, spirit-filled

women’s ministry fellowship. We meet monthly, usually on the fourth

Saturday 10-11:30 AM. We come together for fellowship, to worship

and to hear inspirational speakers and testimonies, as well as for special

events. Katy Women’s Aglow is a great place to make new friends! View

our website for information about current Bible studies. Prayer meetings,

special events and speaker biographies, www.katyaglow.com.

HOPE IMPACTS BIBLE STUDIES

Mondays at the Bagel Café 7-8:30 PM. Bible Study includes dinner.

Located 631 S Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77450

Thursdays 12-1:30 PM, Ladies Discovery Bible Study and lunch on the

first 3 weeks of the month. Hope Impacts office is located at 802 Dominion

Suite 300, Katy, TX 77450. Registration is required and onsite childcare

provided upon advance request. Minimum participation 2, Maximum 10.

Questions call 713-705-7884 ask for Marilyn or Tina.

EPIPHANY BINGO

Epiphany conducts their bingo games every Friday night except

holidays. THERE IS NO SMOKING ALLOWED DURING ALL BINGO

GAMES. They have security, lighted parking, big screen color monitor,

computerized bingo equipment, snack bar and large cash prizes. Profits

benefit charitable outreach programs. Epiphany Catholic Church, Church

Community Center, 1530 Norwalk Dr. (between Fry and Mason Roads,

south of I-10 behind Nottingham Subdivision) off Highland Knolls. Early

bird games begin at 7:30 PM and regular games at 8 PM. For more info,

call the bingo hall number at 281-578-3905.

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At St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church in downtown Katy,

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games. Regular games start at 7:30 PM. All profits will benefit community

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stop sign (at the stadium) Eleventh St., turn left and the Church Hall will

be on your right one block down. For more info., call 281-391-4758.

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Friday night BINGO is held the first Friday of February, May, June and

August. This will be a fun evening for the entire family. Everyone can

play including children. We offer a smoke and alcohol free environment.

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Franz Road area. Contact Lee at gstroop128006@gmail.com for more

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on Spring Green on Mondays 7:30-8:30 PM. We are looking to grow our

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Southwest Houston’s own brand new women’s flat track roller derby

team is now forming. This isn’t the old school roller derby you’ve seen in

the past. We train derby athletes to compete according to the rules and

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be female and 18 or older. Referees and volunteers must be 18 or older.

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playing volleyball. You must be at least 18 years old and be able to play at

intermediate level. We play at different locations in and around Katy area.

KATY RUGBY CLUB

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boys & girls, Training every Sunday 2-4 PM at Cinco Ranch High School,

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8 TIPS FOR STUDYING AT HOME EFFECTIVELY

1. TRY ACTIVE STUDYING: Active studying is

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to give your study session direction, but it also

helps keep you on track and reflect on how to

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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

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Do I understand what I have just read?

Can I paraphrase it?

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What can I take away from this study session?

What do I need to review or learn next time?

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prefer the morning. Take advantage of the time of the day you feel most

productive and don’t try to force yourself to study when your brainpower

isn’t at its peak. Try to study when you are most alert, so you are able to

process and retain the information that you are studying.

4. HAVE A DESIGNATED STUDY AREA: Whether it’s the kitchen table or

the desk in your bedroom, create an area to study that is a designated

study zone. Try to reserve your bed for sleeping and avoid studying in it

(it can be all too easy to take a nap!). Most importantly, keep your study

space clean and organized so you can put more time into studying (and

less trying to find a pen that works).

5. EAT PROPERLY: Don’t forget to eat! Your body (and your brain) needs

fuel to help stay in top form. Plus, it’s difficult to focus when your stomach

is growling. Have healthy snacks while you study, but make sure they’re

prepared in advance so you don’t spend too much time away from your

work. More time away means more opportunity to be distracted!

6. CREATE A TIMETABLE: Creating a timetable helps organize your time,

schedules your breaks and is especially useful when you have multiple

subjects to study. Write your schedule down so you can remember it

and refer to it often. Set reasonable limits for how much time you spend

studying each day and break your study session up into manageable

chunks of time.

7. USE A TIMER: Use a timer to help keep track of time and to make sure

you stick to the timetable you created. Setting a timer helps keeps you

focused on the task at hand, committed to working until the timer goes

off and helps keep you on track to cover all the material you need to.

Above all else, it helps keep your break time effective and guilt-free

(because you’ve earned it!).

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR STUDY TIME

Although it seems convenient, studying at home can be difficultprocrastination

and distraction can happen easily. But with a little bit of

planning and organization, it can be an effective (and comfortable) place

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Four Cheese Margherita Pizza

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1/4 cup olive oil

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

DIRECTIONS:

Stir together olive oil, garlic and salt; toss with tomatoes and allow to stand

for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Brush each pizza crust with

some of the tomato marinade. Sprinkle the pizzas evenly with Mozzarella

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

basil, Parmesan and feta cheese.

Bake in preheated oven until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown, about

10 minutes.

Source: http://allrecipes.com/

Butterscotch Bread Pudding

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19th!

INGREDIENTS:

1 loaf day-old bread, torn into small pieces

4 cups milk

2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted

3 eggs, beaten

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup butterscotch chips

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13 inch baking

dish. In a large bowl, combine bread, milk, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and

butterscotch chip, mixture should be the consistency of oatmeal. Pour

into prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven 1 hour, until nearly set. (It should have a “thigh

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• Cut off old dead foliage on irises. Scratch in a little bone meal around

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• Prune roses to reshape and groom plants for fall growth. Follow up with

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• Plants come out of summer rest and go crazy. Insect populations

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- Citrus, croton, avocado and mango are susceptible to spider mites and

thrips. Discourage them with a strong jet of water from a hose directed to

the undersides of the leaves.

- Hibiscus, citrus, palms, gardenia and ixora are susceptible to scale and

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• Winter vegetable gardens and perennials get planted.

• Wait until November to plant petunias and pansies.

• Fire ants baits should be put out in September-October to lessen the

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• St. Augustine grass gets its fall fertilizer during September. Continue

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• Keep an eye out for sod webworms. First sign of them is grass that

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controls to work. When the caterpillars are only 1/4 inch, Bacillus

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• When the heat and drought end, the weather could bring brown patch

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should be put off until winter, when the trees are dormant.

• Pre-emerge herbicide applications targeting annual bluegrass and

the earlier-germinating winter broadleaf weeds needed to be put out

starting in mid-August.

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