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WILLIAMSBURG SETTLEMENT INFO
WILLIAMSBURG SETTLEMENT MAINTENANCE ASSOCIATION
President CO Holt 281-347-8702
Security and Flags
Vice President Ed Shipley 281-347-0233
Secretary/Treasurer Dave Ellis 281-347-2580
Communications (Webmaster/Newsletter), Elec Repairs, Keys,
Clubhouse & Pool Rental and Maintenance
Director Jim Calvert 281-380-8628
Deed Restrictions , Yard of the Month
Architectural Review Chairman
Director Chris Cox 832-413-2432
Community Events Chairperson
Director Bill Petry 281-347-6465
Welcoming Volunteers Krystal Gillogly 832-428-0877
Deni McKay 832-297-3461
For all other issues, please contact:
CREST MANAGEMENT Switchboard 281-579-0761
Cindy Bojé 281-945-4668
Swim Team Katy Hall 713-569-4530
Ladies Tennis Leagues Karen Mace 281-347-4058
Centerpoint Energy 713-207-2222
Gas Problems 713-659-2111
Reliant Energy 713-207-1111
Street Lights - not working 713-207-2222
Street Repairs 281-463-6300
MUD #61 281-347-8686
MUD #62 281-347-8686
Harris Co. Appraisal Dist. 713-683-9200
Waller Co. Appraisal Dist. / KISD Tax 281-391-3188
KISD Administration KISD 281-396-6000
Winborn Elem. 281-237-6650
Morton Ranch Jr. High 281-237-7400
Morton Ranch High School 281-237-7800
Katy High School 281-237-6700
Sheriff Non-Emergency Dispatch 713-221-6000
HCESD-48 Fire Dept. (Information Calls) 281-599-8888
Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital 281-644-7000
Poison Control 800-764-7661
Animal Control 281-999-3191
Harris County Health Dept. 713-526-1841
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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
National Night Out is the Settlement’s annual big neighborhood event.
Everyone comes together for some food, fun and fellowship. For 2020 the
current date for our National Night Out event is October 6 th . However this
year has been full of challenges and setbacks for our neighborhood events.
We are closely monitoring the rules and guidelines on public events. It’s the
Board’s sincere hope by the time NNO is scheduled to happen the worst is
behind us and we can come together and have a fun celebration. Stay tuned!
POOL SEASON DRAWS TO A CLOSE
As a reminder, full time operation of our pool came to an end on August
16 th . It will then be open on weekends, including Labor Day (September
7 th ), through September 27 th following which it will close for the 2020
season. Let’s hope that next year the virus pandemic will be behind us
and that we can revert to our usual May opening!
Hours of operation for the pool are 11 AM to 8 PM
The Yard of the Month Award for August 2020 is awarded to Jack and Barbara Hendrie of 22202 Unicorns Horn Lane.
Since 1978 Jack and Barbara have watched the Settlement grow section by section. They have three children, three grandchildren and two great
grandchildren. One of their sons is employed with the Houston Police Department and one of their grandsons serves in the United States Navy. They
say that a quiet neighborhood with beautiful homes and friendly neighbors continues to make the Settlement a beautiful place to live and raise a
Jack is the Founder and Executive Director of the Fun Fair Positive Soccer Organization. He loves working on and driving his Dodge Challenger. There’s
a very beautiful and humorous story Barbara tells on how Jack got his challenger. It’s one that will definitely make you smile. You should ask him!
Barbara is retired and enjoys taking care of her grandchildren and gardening.
One of the first things you notice with Jack and Barbara’s yard is that it is covered with a deep green Bermuda grass called Tifway 419, similar to that
used on sports fields and golf courses. Maintaining its consistent lovely appearance is obtained by the use of a “reel mower,” very similar to the kind
many older residents may remember using as a kid. Barbara loves flowers and likes to have a lot of color in the front yard. Hibiscus plants, camelias,
zinnias, vincas, gomphrena and a large shrimp plant grow beautifully in the front garden. A Chinese Pistache tree, Red Leaf Maple tree and various
planters filled with geraniums on the front porch, caladiums around the red leaf maple and diamond Frost plants on the front walkway add more
beauty to their home.
Congratulations Jack and Barbara Hendrie on being selected Williamsburg Settlement’s Yard of the Month for August 2020. Thank you for the continued
beauty you add to our community and many thanks for all the years of joy and smiles you have brought to many of our residents during the special
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WILLIAMSBURG SETTLEMENT SECURITY REPORT
JUNE 1 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2020
Type of Incident
Number of Incidents
Alarm local 2
Check park 1
Check school 10
Compliance check 1
Contract check 233
Criminal mischief 1
Disturbance family 1
Disturbance loud noise 1
Disturbance other 1
Domestic prevent 1
Illegally parked vehicle 5
Information call 3
Meet the citizen 2
MUD building check 19
Neighborhood check 16
Suspicious person 4
Terroristic threat 1
Theft other 1
Traffic hazard 3
Traffic initiative 2
Traffic stop 3
Vacation watch 14
Vehicle suspicious 8
Welfare check 1
The security statistics reported above include all incidents and activity
that occurred within the boundary of the Settlement as reported by the
HCSO deputies operating under contract to MUD 61 and MUD 62.
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collar and leave it there all the time. That way, if the pet gets loose, anyone
finding him or her can look at the tag to see the vet’s phone number and
call to report the lost animal. Better yet, add another tag to your pet’s collar
that lists the dog or cat’s name and your own phone number or address.
You can get these from any pet store. When a pet has these but goes astray,
anyone finding it can call you and you can go get him or her right away.
Your pet will be very glad to see you! A happy pet is a loving pet.
STREET LIGHT OUTAGES
To report a burned out streetlight, any resident may call CenterPoint
directly at 713-207-2222. However, for those with Internet access, you
may also make this report on-line. For those interested, you can go to
http://cnp.centerpointenergy.com/outage. Then enter your contact
details so that they can get back to you if more information is required.
On the following page enter the details of the light(s) with the problem.
Just as you would if reporting the outage via the telephone, you will need
to provide the street address where the light is located and the 6-digit
number that is prominently displayed on the front of the pole. Under
normal circumstances the crew will be out to fix the problem within 7
working days. Anyone noticing a streetlight that is out or has some other
malfunction is encouraged to report the problem to CenterPoint via
either of these two methods without delay. Our Association is charged
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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
WILLIAMSBURG SETTLEMENT MAINTENANCE ASSOCIATION, INC.
July 21, 2020
A meeting of the Board of Directors of the Williamsburg Settlement
Maintenance Association, Inc. was held on Tuesday, July 31, 2020 at 5:30
PM at the Williamsburg Settlement clubhouse, 1602 Hoyt, Katy, Texas
Board Members present were Dave Ellis, Jim Calvert, Ed Shipley, CO Holt,
Bill Petry and Chris Cox.
Also, in attendance was Cindy Bojé representing Crest Management.
With a quorum being established, the meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM.
SECRETARY REPORT - APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes of the June 16, 2020 Board Meeting were presented and
a motion was made, seconded and unanimously carried to accept the
minutes without change.
Six homeowners were present to observe the meeting. There were
comments regarding the renting of rooms in a home, security and deed
SHERIFF PATROL REPORT
CO Holt, our security liaison, presented the June security report. A copy
of the monthly sheriff report was included in the meeting packets. CO
informed those present that the reports from the HCSO contract with
MUD 61 and MUD 62 are now provided to the HOA so that the incident
statistics can be published to the residents.
Dave Ellis presented a report of the June 30, 2020 financials. As of this
date, the money in the bank totaled $857,446.77. This figure includes
checking, money market accounts and CD’s which are the funds required
to cover both operating expenses and the necessary reserve to fund
maintenance and replacement of the Association’s capital assets. The
delinquency total as of June 30, 2020 was $17,473.91.
Decisions taken by email vote since the last meeting
a) Approval of Playground Mulch Replacement in the amount of
A motion was made, seconded and unanimously carried to ratify the
above item voted on by the Board outside of a Board meeting.
Annual Meeting - Dave Ellis reported that the current proxy count for the
annual meeting is 72. The Board discussed whether the annual meeting
should be held in-person or virtually. After a discussion, a vote of five to
one was motioned to approve meeting in-person. Consideration will be
given as to how this can be done while remaining in conformance with
the State’s COVID-19 pandemic regulations. Cindy will revise the annual
meeting notice and proxy form for the Board’s review prior to mailing to
Big Room Acoustics - CO Holt informed the Board that he had been in
contact with two companies which provide acoustic reduction panels and
is now working closely with one of them to develop a recommendation
for the Board’s review. There was some discussion of the different panel
configurations available and where they might be fitted in the room for
maximum effectiveness. CO will update the Board as more information
Possible Big Room Lighting Improvement Alternatives - Two proposals
were provided to the Board in their Board packets. After review and a
brief discussion, a motion was made, seconded and unanimously carried
to approve Donald Electric’s proposal in the amount of $1,475. The
proposal includes removing the 8 current globe fixtures, replacing them
with 14 LED ceiling mounted fixtures and fitting the existing spotlights
with LED light bulbs.
Perimeter Fence Inspections - Dave Ellis mentioned that there are
some instances where the vegetation in homeowners’ yards around
the perimeter of our subdivision is causing damage to the Association’s
fence. He recommended that to protect our investment regular fence
inspections be resumed and in cases where damage is observed that
Crest be asked to send letters to the homeowners requesting that they
take action to remove the damaging vegetation. Bill Petry, who has just
taken over responsibility for the perimeter fence, will resume the periodic
ADJOURNMENT TO EXECUTIVE SESSION - With no further business to
come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned into executive
session at 6:53 PM.
Delinquencies - Three accounts remain on the trash suspension list.
Deed Restriction Enforcement - Jim Calvert reviewed the Enforcement
Action Report with the Board. There was no new action to be taken this
The Board discussed account 2530211007 and the maintenance needed
at this home. The Board stated it would inform Crest Management of
when to send the 10-day letter, which is a required precursor to the
Association being able to perform a force mow and/or other corrective
maintenance on a home. The cost for the maintenance would be billed
back to the homeowner’s account.
Attorney Action Report - Jim Calvert reviewed the Attorney Action Report
with the Board. After review, the Board approved Jim’s recommendation
to move forward with the next legal step.
There were no homeowners present to hear a summary of the executive
session. The next meeting will be held on August 18, 2020.
With no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was
adjourned at 7:30 PM.
NEXT WSMA BOARD MEETING
The next meeting of the WSMA Board of Directors will be the annual
budget meeting and will be held at the Crest offices located at 17171
Park Row, Suite 310. The meeting will begin at 5:30 PM on Tuesday,
September 15, 2020.
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WILLIAMSBURG SETTLEMENT CLUBHOUSE AND POOL RENTAL
The Clubhouse is available for rental for non-profit activities to all
residents in good standing with the Association
• The fees are as follows:
BIG ROOM RENTAL FEE:
Up to 49 people - $50
50-100 people - $75
Plus a refundable security deposit:
No alcohol served - $100
Alcohol served or the attendance of 20 or more under the age of
21 - $200*
SMALL ROOM RENTAL FEE:
Up to 20 people - $30 (Small Room is 17’ X 15’ and rental does not
Plus a refundable security deposit of $50
• *Note that when alcohol is served, two security guards must also be on
duty. The requirement for two is mandated by the Sheriff’s Department.
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• The charge for the security guards, which is paid directly to the
officers, is the responsibility of the resident requesting the rental. Also,
if there are more than 20 young people between the ages of 13 and
21 unaccompanied by their family members the Association requires
one responsible adult for every 10 of these young persons to act as
• All deposits refundable upon passing the exit inspection.
The pool is available for private parties during the swim season (only),
subject to the posted pool rules and the following restrictions.
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During Pool Hours:
• Only 1 group at a time.
• Parties must be scheduled at least 2 weeks ahead of time using the
Clubhouse Booking Form.
• Parties held during open hours are restricted to 20 or fewer persons
(adults and children) who will be entering the water and do not have
their own pool tags and a total of not more than 60 persons in total
within the pool area.
• Parties that include a total of between 20 and 40 swimmers (i.e. including
those who have their own pool tags) are required to hire one additional
• Parties that include a total of more than 40 swimmers (i.e. including
those who have their own pool tags) are required to hire two additional
• The charge for the additional guard(s) will be $26 per hour with a
minimum of 2 hours.
• If at any time the number of swimmers in the water or the number of
persons within the pool area (including regular pool users who are not
members of the party) exceeds the limits that can be safely managed by
the lifeguards on duty then the guards have the authority to ask some
swimmers to leave the water or in extreme cases to close the pool.
• Two responsible adults must be in the pool area at all times acting as
chaperons to ensure the good behavior of all members of the party.
• Party to be over and the area cleaned up by pool closing at 8 PM.
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• Parties must be scheduled at least 2 weeks ahead of time.
• Rental Fees: 1-49 people - $50; 50 plus - $75.
• Private pool parties may only be scheduled on days on which the pool
is open. The parties may start at 8 PM and must end, the area cleaned up
and the facility vacated by the scheduled end of the party, either 10 or 11
PM, as selected on the booking form. The lifeguards will clear the pool 15
minutes prior to end time.
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• One responsible adult for every 10 persons under the age of 21 must
be in the pool area at all times acting as chaperones to ensure the good
behavior of all members of the party.
• Lifeguards will be booked by the Association from the pool management
company. There will be a minimum of 2 lifeguards plus an additional
guard for every 25 persons in excess of 50 who will be entering the pool.
The per-lifeguard hourly fee is $26.
• The cost for the lifeguards will be added to the rental fee and will be
payable by the renter to the Association at the time the booking is
• A $150 refundable deposit is required.
For clubhouse and pool availability, refer to the Clubhouse Bookings
page of the Association website www.wsmaonline.org and then to make
a reservation, please complete the pool entries on the on-line Clubhouse
If you need further information, call Dave Ellis at 281-347-2580.
VETERINARY PUBLIC HEALTH 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.
Veterinary Public Health (formerly called Harris County Animal Control)
advises that, “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 or
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 then 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 to 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.
KATY AREA PLAYGROUP
A Katy area playgroup for stay at home moms and their infant-preschool aged
children in the Williamsburg area meets every Monday at different locations.
If you interested in participating or finding out more about the playgroup,
please contact the playgroup coordinator, Laura Bannerman, at llbannerman@
gmail.com. Please share this information with neighbors and friends!
THE THOMAS A. GLAZIER
SENIOR EDUCATION CENTER
Commissioner Steve Radack, Harris County Precinct Three
The Thomas A. Glazier Senior Education Center is located at 16600 Pine
Forest Lane, 77084; one block south of the intersection of Hwy. 6 and
Clay Road. All classes/programs are FREE for Harris County residents aged
55+. Zumba, Yoga, Spanish, Dance, Legal, Watercolor, Wills and Probate,
Computer/IPhone and Wellness classes are offered among hundreds of
other classes/workshops. For more info, go online to www.pct3.com/
About/Calendars/Glazier-Senior-Center-Calendar for a schedule of all our
programs or call us at 713-274-3250.
HOW YOUR DIET AFFECTS YOUR DAYS AND NIGHTS
SLEEPLESS NIGHTS? - Whether your sleepless nights are caused by
garden-variety stress (worrying elevates excitatory neurotransmitters
like dopamine and norepinephrine or anxiety due to low serotonin
levels, boosting serotonin is the key to getting a good night’s sleep.
In fact, if you don’t have enough serotonin, a deep restful slumber is
impossible. Starting this afternoon, eliminate caffeine and meat and
dairy products after 3 PM. At dinner, enjoy whole-grain pasta with no
more than a 1/2 cup of beans and a large green salad on the side. The
pasta stimulates serotonin, while the beans produce levels of dopamine
and norepinephrine that won’t prohibit sleep later on. The salad-like fruit
and all green, yellow, orange and leafy vegetables-has a neutral effect
on brain chemistry. About one hour before bedtime, snack on a complex
carb like a roll, rice cakes or popcorn to drive tryptophan into your brain,
where it will be converted into serotonin. (Warm milk works because it’s
a protein-and-carb combination that produces tryptophan.)
FORGETFULNESS? - If you’ve been scattered and forgetful lately, an
inadequate supply of acetylcholine - the memory neurotransmitter
- may be the reason. What’s more, elevated levels of dopamine and
norepinephrine and too little serotonin are probably making it hard for
you to concentrate on the task at hand. Try revamping your menu for a
day: At breakfast, have a slice of whole-wheat toast with a scrambled egg.
Besides being a protein that will trigger the release of enough dopamine
and norepinephrine to keep you alert, the egg is a rich source of choline,
an amino acid that the brain converts to acetylcholine. At lunch, skip
protein in favor of a veggie tortilla and fruit. Your morning protein will
guarantee good concentration into the afternoon while tortilla fuels
serotonin production to give you a continued sense of well-being. If you
need a mid-afternoon energy boost, have a cup of black tea instead of
coffee. For dinner, try a stir-fry of brown rice, veggies and tofu. (Tofu, an
excellent fat-free protein source, is also rich in choline.)
WHAT ABOUT COFFEE? - Caffeine works almost immediately on
your brain chemistry. Studies have shown it will improve your mental
functioning and concentration and boost your problem-solving abilities.
But one or two cups of coffee is all you need. Your morning cup (or two)
will last into early afternoon. Drinking any more after that can produce
negative effects, such as muscle tension and anxiety.
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.
B - BABYSITTING, CPR - CPR CERT., FAC - FIRST AID CERT., RCC - RED CROSS
CERT., SS - SAFE SITTER, SL - SWIM LESSONS, PP - PET/PLANT SITTER,
P - PET CARE ONLY, H - HOUSE CARE, L - LAWN CARE, C- CAR CARE/
DETAILING, T - TUTORING
TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE
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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.
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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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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
(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.
3. STUDY AT THE RIGHT TIME: Every student
has his or her own daily highs and lows. Some
people are night owls while some people
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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
to study. Try some of these tips for studying at home to help you stay
focused and more efficient with your study time.
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can only be shared between grandchildren and their grandparents.
Grandparents are full of hugs and kisses, family history, wisdom, patience,
love and guidance. National Grandparents Day gives grandchildren the
opportunity to show love and appreciation to their grandparents.
National Grandparents Day has its very own song. The National
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song of the United States National Grandparents Day holiday. The Council
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The forget-me-not is the official flower for National Grandparents Day.
National Grandparents Day is expected to grow in significance over the
next decade and beyond as the number of grandparents in the United
States rises from 65 million in 2011 to 80 million in 2020 as a result of the
baby boom. Show your appreciation for everything your grandparents
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BROWNIE GS TROOP OPENINGS
FOR 2ND GRADE GIRLS-KATY WIDE
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
WE’RE GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA
We’re 2.5 million strong-more than 1.7 million girls and 750,000 adults
who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risktaker,
Leader) to change the world. Nationally, our extraordinary journey
began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon
“Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized
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,
is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than
53,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.
We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls and
we offer every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure
and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, call 1-800-392-4340
or visit www.gssjc.org.
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA TROOP 418 -
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For the first time in its 100+ year history, the iconic program of the Boy
Scouts of America will be open to young women, giving girls from ages
11-17 the same experience that boys have traditionally enjoyed. Scouts
BSA Troop 418 is a new girl-led unit, meeting at Trinity Baptist Church
on Spring Green on Mondays 7:30-8:30 PM. We are looking to grow our
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Field trips. Camping. Racing. Fitness. Friendship.
Pack 353 has been keeping the Scout spirit alive since 1982. With over
60 scouts and 20 dynamic leaders, we are gearing up for a fun-filled year
with a wide variety of activities that help boys develop leadership skills,
build character, strengthen communication skills and demonstrate good
citizenship. Boys entering first through fifth grades are welcome to join
us anytime throughout the year. If you would like more information on
joining Cub Scouts and participating in our summertime activities, please
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HOMESCHOOL CUB SCOUT PACK 164
Cub Scouts is a fun way to teach boys about character, respect,
responsibility and many other traits. Pack 164 is a Christian, home
school Cub Scout Pack that services the Greater West Houston/Katy area.
Pack 164 promotes service to God, to country and to others. If you are
interested and your son is entering 1 st through 5 th grade, please contact
Jack M. Jones at 281-558-5722.
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 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
status and changes due to COVID 19, check out our website, www.
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Four Cheese Margherita Pizza
You could make this on National Cheese Pizza Day September 5th!
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
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
Butterscotch Bread Pudding
You could make this on National Butterscotch Pudding Day September
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
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
wiggle” or wiggle as much as a well endowed thigh.) Serve warm or cold.
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Garden Tips For September
TIME NOW TO MAKE PLANS FOR
FALL LANDSCAPING PROJECTS.
• Clean up flowerbeds of fallen foliage, yellowed leaves and dead
wood. Light green leaves may signify lack of iron (chlorosis). Correct
with iron cheleates.
• Cut off old dead foliage on irises. Scratch in a little bone meal around
• Prune roses to reshape and groom plants for fall growth. Follow up with
a dose of fertilizer the first week of September.
• Plants come out of summer rest and go crazy. Insect populations
explode as we get into cooler temperatures. Diseases that have been
dormant wake up.
- 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
• 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
number of eggs that make it to Spring.
• St. Augustine grass gets its fall fertilizer during September. Continue
to mow at maximum height. You want to leave a lot of leaf surface to
produce carbohydrate reserves for the winter.
• Keep an eye out for sod webworms. First sign of them is grass that
appears to stop growing. You need to get them early for biological
controls to work. When the caterpillars are only 1/4 inch, Bacillus
thuringiensis applications can slow them. Bt is a bacteria that works on
the caterpillars’ digestive systems and makes them stop feeding. Do the
application late in the day. The larvae feed at night and you want them
to get nice fresh Bt.
• When the heat and drought end, the weather could bring brown patch
disease in the St. Augustine grass. Watch for yellowish spots if the nights
drop into the 60’s and days stay in the 80’s.
• Get any pruning of hedges and such done now. You want the flush of
new growth to be hardened-off before the end of October. Tree pruning
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• Pre-emerge herbicide applications targeting annual bluegrass and
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WEST HOUSTON RUGBY CLUB
West Houston Rugby Club offers excellent opportunities for players of
all ages from minis to adults to participate in one of America’s fastest
growing sports. Our coaches are fully accredited with USA Rugby and
include former European premiership players. We are a not for profit
club with a mission to provide outstanding club management, a fun
social environment and the feeling of a rugby family. Registration is now
open at www.westhoustonrugby.com. Enquiries may be sent to info@
westhoustonrugby.com. Come and join the fastest growing club in
KATY AREA RUNNING CLUB
The Katy Area Running Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation which
exists to serve people living in and around Katy, Texas who have
an interest in running. We are a community of people of all ages,
backgrounds, heritages and abilities who share a common interest -
running! Our focus is on group runs, having fun, socializing and sharing
our knowledge and experience with our members and the public. We
welcome all who are interested in joining us. We have a full calendar of
runs, events and socials. We hold group runs every Saturday morning
at the Sergeant Hatch Sports Park off the south I-10 feeder road just east
of Barker Cypress Rd. On Tuesdays (5 AM and 6:30 PM) we meet at one
of the KISD junior high tracks for speedwork and on Thursday (6:30 PM)
we meet at Crosspoint Community Church for tempo runs of various
distances and paces. To find out more and to join our club, visit www.
TRACK HOUSTON YOUTH TRACK CLUB
Track Houston Youth Track Club has one of the largest and successful
youth track and field club training programs in the nation. Our program
has developed national champions in AAU, USATF, New Balance
and Adidas. Our Track and Field athletes have been selected for and
competed on youth international teams - Team USA and Team Trinidad.
We have multiple practice sites in the Greater Houston area including
Katy and Cypress. Visit www.trackhouston.com for Cross Country signups
in August, Speed Camps in October, Indoor Track and Field in November
and Track and Field in January. Track Houston is a registered 501 (c) (3)
KATY CANOE & KAYAK CLUB (KC/KC)
Established March of 2014 (Over 200 Members). Never paddled before,
that’s okay too! We don’t own a store, don’t purchase anything yet! Join
our meetings and we can answer your questions and/or assist you in
trying out new gear and equipment. KC/KC is a non-profit organization
with major Sponsors. Must be at least 21 years of age to join. LIFE VEST/
PFD IS A MUST!!!!
We meet every 3 rd Wednesday of each month at 24638 Kingsland Blvd.,
Katy TX 77494 (Manta Ray Enterprises, Inc.), 7-9 PM. For more information,
call Philip at 713-826-5705 or 281-782-7252. “Remember-Think Safe,
Katy Swifts Netball Club invites people to come and learn about netball
and have some fun playing a great team sport. Open to everyone from
eight years and up including adults. Contact katynetball@netballamerica
for further information.
Houston Shooting Stars welcomes ladies, men and youth to join in, play
and learn netball, Tuesday nights at The British School of Houston.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
You can also “like” the Texas Netball Association on Facebook to see
regular announcements about netball in the Lonestar State! Also visit
netballamerica.com for general information about netball in America.
WOMEN’S FLAT TRACK ROLLER DERBY
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
guidelines set forth by WFTDA, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.
We are actively recruiting skaters, referees and volunteers. Skaters must
be female and 18 or older. Referees and volunteers must be 18 or older.
Email us at email@example.com for more information. You
can also find us at www.yellowrosederbygirls.com and on Facebook. Join
up now to become an integral part in founding and building our league.
Please contact Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in
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
Want to learn the newest Olympic Sport - Rugby? All ages welcome -
boys & girls, Training every Sunday 2-4 PM at Cinco Ranch High School,
For more information, please visit www.katyrugbyclub.com.
KATY CAVALIER LACROSSE CLUB
The Katy Cavalier Lacrosse Club invites you to come and see what Lacrosse
is all about. Join us as we continue to bring one of the fastest growing
team sports in the United States to the youth of Katy. Katy Cavalier
Lacrosse Club offers lacrosse for boys and girls from Kindergarten thru
High School. No experience needed. For more information visit our
Did you play Lacrosse in college, coached lacrosse or just love the sport?
We are looking for Coaches for boys and girls. Please contact us for more
information if you would like to volunteer and be a part of the Katy
Cavalier Lacrosse Club, 281-942-8822.
WESTSIDE GOLF LEAGUE
Westside Golf League is actively encouraging new members. We invite
you to join us every Tuesday morning at Cinco Ranch Golf Club. Our
purpose is to allow ladies of all levels to meet new friends and have fun
while improving golfing skills. For more information, contact the Pro
Shop at Cinco Ranch, 281-395-4653.
U.S. BOWLING LEAGUE DAY
Each year league bowlers across the United States recognize U.S. Bowling
League Day on September 3 rd . Primarily an outdoor sport until around
1840, bowling was called the game of ninepins and popular with
gamblers. To snuff out the gambling, the state of Connecticut banned
the game in 1841, which led the newly indoor lane owners to add one pin
to their alleys to circumvent the law.
Clubs tried organizing and creating set rules, but it wasn’t until 1895 when
the American Bowling Congress came together at Beethoven Hall in New
York City. The American Bowling Congress established a maximum score
of 300, which still stands today. Other rules, such as lane length, widths
and distances between pins were also determined.
Today, leagues of men, women and mixed teams of all ages play in
bowling competitions around the world. Weekly league bowling is a
great social outing as well as great physical activity.
Gather your league and go bowling. If you are not a member of a league,
just invite some friends.
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