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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
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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 email@example.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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SECURITY REPORT FOR JUNE
Abandoned vehicles: 1
Auto accidents: 3
Burglaries (garage): 3
Burglaries (vehicle): 2
Check Rennie Park: 19
Criminal mischief: 2
Fraudulent use of ID: 1
Meet the citizen: 26
Natural death Call: 1
Stranded motor vehicle: 2
Suspicious persons: 5
Suspicious vehicles: 12
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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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
contact Tracey Timpanaro at firstname.lastname@example.org or 832-978-0906.
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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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ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION INVITES
KATY/WEST HOUSTON RESIDENTS TO
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Participants will Raise Critically Needed Awareness and Funds for
Alzheimer’s Care, Support and Research. The Alzheimer’s Association®
is invitingKaty, 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.
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
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questions or need assistance, please email rather than call. A representative
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020, 12:30-3 PM
Do you have DNA results? So what do you do now? Join us for a special
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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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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.
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 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.
ST. BARTHOLOMEW THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC
At St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church in downtown Katy,
“BINGO” is being played in our Parish Hall every Friday evening except
Holidays. Doors open at 7 PM, games start at 7:15 PM with four Early Bird
games. Regular games start at 7:30 PM. All profits will benefit community
outreach and Religious Education programs. The Church is located in
downtown Katy at 5356 Eleventh St. You can get to the church if traveling
west on Hwy. 90 to Katyland Rd. Turn right at the light, go to the second
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.
SAINT EDITH STEIN CATHOLIC CHURCH
FRIDAY NIGHT BINGO
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.
Cash prizes awarded for Regular BINGO and Special Games will range
from $15 to $100. Snacks and refreshments will also be available. Doors
open at 6:30 PM for BINGO card presales. Early Bird BINGO starts at 7 PM,
Regular BINGO starts at 7:30 PM. All BINGO events at Saint Edith Stein
Catholic Church are operated under a license issued by the Texas Lottery
Commission. Location: Carmel Hall, Saint Edith Stein Catholic Church,
3311 N. Fry Road, Katy, TX 77449.
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BROWNIE GS TROOP OPENINGS
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Troop 128006, a Katy wide 2 nd Grade Brownie Girl Scout Troop, has
opening for 2 nd grade girls. We welcome new to GS, returning & existing
2 nd grade Girl Scouts. Meetings: Every other Monday, 6:30-8 PM, 20000
Franz Road area. Contact Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org for more
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began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon
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the very first Girl Scout troop and every year since, we’ve honored her
vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence and character
who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl
Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, a United Way agency,
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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
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
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
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Studying at home has its perks: it’s a comfortable, low-pressure environment. However, there
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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
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planning and organization, it can be an effective (and comfortable) place
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1/4 cup olive oil
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8 Roma tomatoes, sliced
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8 ounces shredded Mozzarella cheese
4 ounces shredded Fontina cheese
10 fresh basil leaves, washed, dried
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Stir together olive oil, garlic and salt; toss with tomatoes and allow to stand
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Butterscotch Bread Pudding
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