Concord Bridge October 2020

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Official Newsletter of Concord Bridge

LIST OF AREA

GARAGE SALES

INSIDE!

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of your kids and/or family! Include the

subdivision you live in and first names!

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Your Community is Fighting Back

We have already won the case, but...

you must file your claim to be eligible for compensation.

2

After Harvey, the Army Corps of Engineers refused to take responsibility for

intentionally using Upstream properties to store storm water. After a hard-fought

courtroom battle in 2019, Judge Lettow issued his decision. He found the

government liable under the Fifth Amendment for the intentional flooding of

Upstream homes and businesses. In a landmark case, Judge Lettow ruled that

intentional government action was the sole cause of the Upstream flooding.

Upstream residents have filed lawsuits to protect and enforce their Fifth

Amendment rights to just compensation. Attorney Armi Easterby is honored to

represent over 1,300 Upstream families and businesses.

The Chief Judge of the Court of

Federal Claims picked attorney Armi

Easterby to serve as Co-Lead Counsel

to protect the rights of individual

plaintiffs. Armi and his legal team

have taken the lead in obtaining

sworn testimonies from dozens of

government witnesses in

Washington, D.C., West Virginia, and

Texas. Pictures and videos from our

Upstream plaintiffs helped to prove

that the Army Corps’ actions were

the sole cause of flooding. Litigation

is still ongoing to determine financial

compensation and there is still time

to file a claim.

Get a free consultation

with no obligation.

You must file a claim to

receive compensation.

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Principal office in Houston, TX

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CONCORD BRIDGE HELPFUL NUMBERS

Preferred Management Services, AAMC®

P.O. Box 690269 Houston, TX 77269 • 281-897-8808

Kay Serventi, Property Manager

CONCORD BRIDGE BOARD MEMBERS

Mary Ann Harvey, President

Maria Cutlip Vice President

Sandra Peters, Secretary

Trudy Culp, Treasurer

Daria Gorrity, Member at Large

*Mail all Board correspondence to

CB Board of Directors,

c/o Preferred Management Services

P.O. Box 690269 Houston, TX 77269

CONCORD BRIDGE WEBSITE

www.preferredmgt.com/concordbridge

Krenek Printing Co. www.krenekprinting.com 281-463-8649

Concord Bridge Pet Hotline 281-468-9414

www.facebook.com/#!/Concord Bridge PetHotline

SWIM TEAM INFORMATION

Sharlondrea Basquine-Franklin, Board Pres. 713-931-7066

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UTILITIES

CenterPoint Energy 713-659-2111

Horsepen Bayou- MUD

Billing Questions 281-290-6500

Service & Repair 281-290-6503

Comcast Communications 713-341-1000

Reliant Energy 713-207-2222

1-800-332-7143

Texas Pride Disposal- Horsepen Bayou MUD 281-342-8178

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Emergency 911

Constable, Contract 99 281-463-6666

Cy-Fair Fire Dept. 911

Non Emergency 713-466-4073

MUD 102 Harris County Sheriff Office 713-221-6000

Horsepen Bayou MUD-Constable Precinct 5 281-463-6666

MISCELLANEOUS

Cy-Fair Hospital 281-890-4285

Memorial City Hospital 713-932-3000

Poison Control Center 1-800-764-7661

Post Office-Griffith Station 1-800-275-8777

SCHOOLS

Lee Elementary 713-849-8281

Hairgrove Elementary 713-896-5015

Truitt Middle School 281-856-1100

Cypress Ridge HS 281-807-8000

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CONCORD BRIDGE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020, 8 AM TO 2 PM

Notices will be in local venues and signs will be placed at the entrances

to Concord Bridge. You may put out personal signs, but they must be

removed the same day. The dangers of exposure to COVID-19 still exist.

You are responsible for maintaining all COVID-19 precautions for yourself

and shoppers on your property.

ANNUAL MEETING & ELECTIONS

TO BE DETERMINED

At the newsletter deadline, the date had not been determined. Depending

on the status of COVID-19, the annual meeting may be conducted

via Zoom. When you receive your proxy in the mail, please complete

following the directions with the proxy to decide what method you wish

to use in submitting your proxy. There will be three positions available

this year. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Concord

Bridge Board of Directors, please contact Preferred Management as soon

as possible.

HOLIDAY DECORATIONS JUDGES

Would you like to judge the holiday decorations this year? Usually we

ask everyone to be sure to turn their lights on the 2 nd or 3 rd weekend of

December. The date will be determined by the judges and posted online

and on the marquees. If you are interested, please contact Preferred

Management Services at 281-897-8808.

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

Halloween will definitely be different this year. If you are going to allow

your child(ren) to Trick or Treat, please be aware of COVID-19 exposure

possibilities. There probably will not be as many homes distributing

candy. It is even more important for small children to be accompanied

by adult this year. The following tips and using COMMON SENSE should

make this a treat for the young and old.

• Young children should always be accompanied by an adult.

• Never trick-or-treat alone. Have at least 2 buddies go with you.

• Plan your entire route and make sure your family knows what it is.

• Make sure that you are wearing a flame retardant costume.

• Wait until you get home and your parents check your candy before you

eat it.

• Be very cautious of strangers.

• Accept treats only in the doorway. Never go inside a house.

• Be sure and say thank you for your treats.

• Don’t play near lit jack-o-lanterns.

• Visit only houses where the lights are on.

• Walk, do not run.

• Walk on sidewalks and driveways.

• Cross the street at the corner or in a crosswalk.

• Take a cell phone with you if possible.

• Wear a watch.

• Carry a flashlight.

Have a safe and fun day!

CONCORD BRIDGE PETS

Have you lost a pet or found a dog or cat? You can contact the Concord

Bridge Pet Hotline at 281-468-9414 and on the Facebook account, www.

facebook.com/#!/Concordbridgehotline. You can use this source to report

lost and found animals. This has been a great help in returning lost and

found animals to their owners. Even if you don’t have access to Facebook,

you can call 281-468-9414. It is far more efficient than posting illegal signs

all over the neighborhood. Another great source for finding a lost pet or

reporting a rescued one is nextdoor.com/concordbridge. Harris County

requires that all pets be on a leash or confined within your yard. Unleashed

dogs are a nuisance to your neighbors and other pets. Please pick up all

dog waste and dispose of it properly. Remember, our children play in the

park areas and their yards. It’s very inconsiderate of you to allow your dog

to defecate if others yards and the parks. When walking your dogs, please

be prepared to remove any waste they may leave behind.

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STREETLIGHT OUTAGE

CenterPoint Energy depends on the assistance of customers to help

identify streetlights in need of repair. If you notice a streetlight outage or

a streetlight on during daylight hours, visit CenterPoint Energy’s website

https://slo.centerpointenergy.com to report the issue. You may also call

713-207-2222 to report an outage.

When reporting a streetlight in need of repair, it is important to provide

the following:

• Light number

• Location description

• Streetlight address, city, state and zip

• Problem description

TRASH PICKUP

Texas Pride Disposal is the company used in all sections of Concord

Bridge. For information regarding your service, please contact them at

281-342-8178.

Time: Have waste ready for collection no later than 6 AM

Household Garbage:

• Waste must be placed in bags or personal containers between 20 and

95-gallons.

• Cans or bags cannot exceed 50 pounds.

Heavy Trash:

• Two heavy items collected EVERY service day.

Heavy trash/bulk waste includes waste that is not generated on a regular

basis, including:

• Furniture (couch, table, mattress, box spring, desk, dresser, etc.).

• Appliances (washer, dryer, dishwasher, etc.).

• Hot Water Heaters.

• Fencing/Decking/Siding (please remove nails, cut into lengths 4’ or less

and tie and bundle under 50 pounds, limit eight bundles per service day).

• Trampolines (broken down, please place metal with recycling if possible).

• Carpeting/Flooring (please cut into lengths 4’ or shorter and tie and

bundle under 50 pounds, limit eight bundles per service day).

Yard Waste

• Place grass clippings in cans or bags under 50 pounds.

• Branches should be placed in CLEAR, INDIVIDUAL piles measuring no

larger than 3’ x 3’ x 3’ or tied and bundled and under 50 pounds. Limit

eight bundles per service day.

TRASH CANS SHOULD BE STORED OUT OF SIGHT ON ALL NON-TRASH

DAYS!

ANNUAL HOMEOWNERS FEES

Your annual fees of $370 were due on January 1, 2020 and were delinquent

on February 1, 2020. Unless you made arrangements for a payment plan

with Preferred Management late fees will begin to accumulate. DO NOT

ignore notifications from Preferred Management. Late fees, penalties and

interest on amounts add up quickly. If you ignore them, legal fees will

also be added.

Pool/recreation access will not be given to homeowners with delinquent

HOA fees.

PROPER DISPOSAL HELPS EVERYONE!

Do you know what to do with leftover used cooking oil and grease?

Never wash cooking fats, oil or grease (FOG) down the drain, as they can

cause the sewer line to back up into your home. If the drain clogs and

causes a sewer line blockage it may cause the back up to flow onto the

street and into the storm drains which flow to our bayous and eventually

Galveston Bay. This material is harmful to the waterways and the creatures

that live there.

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still important.

During the coronavirus

pandemic, we are:

Screening all patients,

ensuring only those without

COVID-19 symptoms are

seen in the office.

Houston Methodist West Hospital

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Getting your annual mammogram is one of the most

important steps you can take to stay healthy. That’s why

our Breast Care Centers are taking every necessary

precaution during the coronavirus pandemic to keep

you and our staff members safe.

Wearing masks and other

personal protective equipment

while providing patient care.

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Redesigning waiting rooms

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Visit houstonmethodist.org/breast-care or call 832.522.7465

to schedule your mammogram today. We do not require a doctor’s

order for your annual screening mammogram.

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RECYCLE IT INSTEAD!

The Harris County Household Hazardous Waste Facility provides a free

residential FOG drop-off site for easy disposal. FOG items can be recycled

into bio-diesel fuels, a feed additive for animals and other processes that

save natural resources. Please do NOT mix FOG with any other items,

such as automotive waste (no auto oils or lubricants) because if these are

mixed they cannot be recycled. Also, please bring your FOG in a container

that we can keep. This service is for residents of Harris County only.

HARRIS COUNTY ALARM PERMIT

A permit is required for all alarms in Harris County. Obtaining the required

permit will avoid the issuance of a citation and excessive false alarm

fees. Go to the website at www.hcso.hctx.net and click on forms. The

application should be completed and mailed with the appropriate fees

to the address shown on the application. A new permit will cost $35 and

annual renewals are $10. Should you have any questions, please contact

the Alarm Detail office at 713-755-4600 during normal business hours.

HARRIS COUNTY CONSTABLES OFFICE

PRECINCT 5 - PATROL STATS

These numbers are based on a report of calls made by the Horsepen

Bayou MUD contract officers. This covers a large portion of Concord

Bridge, Eldridge Park, McKindrie Park and various business areas within

the Horsepen Bayou MUD district.

Our contract program is successful with the cooperation of residents and

officers. If you have information regarding illegal or suspicious activities,

contact the dispatcher or flag down one of our patrolling officers.

Dispatch # 281-463-6666.

BE CAREFUL WHILE DRIVING

Watch for children waiting for school buses in the early mornings and

while returning home in the afternoon.

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Passing a stopped school bus with red flashing warning lights can result

in a very expensive ticket.

CONCORD BRIDGE SERVICES

Services in Concord Bridge are provided by two different municipal

utility districts. Areas covered and service providers are shown below. The

overhead power lines running north and south through the subdivision

is the dividing line between the MUD district responsibilities. The two

trash collection companies observe different holidays. Please note if a

holiday falls on a regular trash collection day, the trash will be picked up

the next SCHEDULED day, NOT the next day. Please do not place your

trash out until the correct day.

If you have a manhole cover in your yard, driveway or sidewalk and it is

causing problems, please contact your Municipal District Services, LLC, 281-

290-6503. They cover both MUD Horsepen Bayou and Harris County 102.

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HOUSTON WEST FAMILY GENEALOGY SOCIETY (HWFGS)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020 12:30-3 PM

Are you using FamilySearch to discover more about your ancestors? Do

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online. Join us for our program and maximize your ability to navigate this

treasure trove of records. This is a virtual Zoom meeting. Go to the Society’s

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NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH

National Bullying Prevention Month is observed in October. National

Bullying Prevention Month was created by PACER and started as a weekly

observation in 2006. In 2010, the observation change to monthly. Take

a stand against bullying. Spread the word about the negative effects

bullying can cause.

Unity Day 2019 is Wednesday, October 23 rd ! Wear and Share Orange!

Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it

comes to showing that you care about preventing bullying? Come

together in one giant ORANGE message of hope and support, WEAR and

SHARE ORANGE to color our nation and even the world, visibly showing

that our society believes that no child should ever experience bullying.

NATIONAL MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY

National Make A Difference Day is an annual community service event

that is held on the fourth Saturday in October. Millions of people have

united in the common mission to improve the lives of others. Make

a Difference Day was created in 1992 by USA Weekend magazine and

joined by Points of Light.

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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In or Around The Community

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GARAGE SALES

CONCORD BRIDGE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020, 8 AM TO 2 PM

West Little York between Eldridge and Hwy 6.

WESTGATE FALL GARAGE SALE - OCTOBER 3, 2020

Located off of Barker Cypress between Longenbaugh and FM529.

COPPERFIELD EASTON COMMONS FALL GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 RD , 7 AM-3 PM

Located in Copperfield between Longenbaugh and West Rd.

COPPERFIELD SOUTHDOWN VILLAGE FALL GARAGE SALE

OCTOBER 10 TH

Located in Copperfield off of Longenbaugh near Hwy. 6.

COPPER VILLAGE FALL GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 TH FROM 7 AM TO 12 NOON

West Road - between Hwy 6 & Queenston

ABERDEEN GREEN NEIGHBORHOOD WIDE GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 TH

Aberdeen Green is located on Telge Road at West Road,

south of Hwy. 290.

BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 TH

Located off of N Hwy 6 between West Little York and Kieth Harrow Blvd.

Lots of bargains!

COPPERFIELD MIDDLEGATE GARAGE SALE

OCTOBER 17 TH , 7 AM - 3 PM

Rain date is scheduled for the following Saturday. Located in Copperfield

between Longenbaugh and West Rd.

THE STAR OF DESTINY (KATY) CHAPTER GARAGE SALE

Star of Destiny (Katy) Chapter, National Society Daughters of the

American Revolution will hold our annual fundraising garage sale on

Saturday, October 24, 2020. The sale will be held from 8 AM to 12 PM at

Estates of Chesterfield Swim and Tennis Club, 1707 Briarchester Dr., Katy,

Tx. 77450. There will be household items, fine china, furniture, toys, books

and much more! The items are reasonably priced and this sale is our main

source of funds for patriotic activities with troops, schools, libraries and

military families. The Star of Destiny Chapter is an organization with over

100 members so there will be plenty of items from which to choose.

Please come and check out all the treasures! Due to Texas rules on social

distancing, masks will be required and we limit the number of people in

the clubhouse at the same time.

CRAFT SHOWS

AMERICAN LEGION POST 200

15 TH ANNUAL ARTS & CRAFT SHOW

330 Legion Road, Wallis, TX

October 24, 2020: 9 AM-4 PM

October 25, 2020: 10 AM-4 PM

Musical Entertainment

Hamburgers & Chopped BBQ on Bun

Desserts & Drinks

$1 Admission for Hourly Door Prizes

For more information call 281-743-3678

Email: jgiese3866@aol.com

Facebook: Crafters * Wallis Legion Post 200

VENDOR REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Are you crafty? Are you a distributor for a specialty item? Saint Aidan’s

Episcopal Church has opened vendor registration for our 7 th Annual Fall

Festival and Holiday Market! The market and festival will be held Sunday,

October 25, 2020 from 10 AM-4 PM. We will have both indoor and outdoor

booths. Saint Aidan’s is located in Cypress at 13131 Fry Road – just south of

Hwy 290. Our festival features Market Booths, Children’s Area, Petting Zoo,

Pony Rides, Food Vendors, Silent Auction, Music, Cake Walk and a Trunk

N Treat. For more information and to register online, visit our website at

http://aidanschurch.org and click on the Fall Festival icon or if you prefer

to mail in your registration, you can obtain a Booth Reservation form by

contacting us at 281-373-3203 or email fallfest@aidanschurch.org. Saint

Aidan’s Episcopal Church is located at 13131 Fry Road, Cypress Texas 77433.

GOLF TOURNAMENTS

HOUSTON OPEN BIRDIES FOR CHARITY®

What is Birdies for Charity®? Birdies for Charity® is a fundraising program

designed to give local charities the opportunity to generate contributions

through the Houston Open. 100% of your donation goes directly to the

charity of your choice. The Houston Open will also award the top three

donation-collecting charities and one randomly drawn charity with an

additional bonus. In 2019, the Houston Open distributed $615,000 to

local nonprofits.

How can I participate in Birdies for Charity®? There are two ways to donate

to the Birdies for Charity program:

1. Make a pledge of one cent or more for every “Birdie” made by the PGA

Tour Pros during the Houston Open. If 1,500 birdies are made during the

2020 event, here are the totals for some typical pledge amounts:

• 1 cent pledge = $15 total pledge

• 3 cent pledge = $45 total pledge

• 10 cent pledge = $150 total pledge

• $1 pledge = $1,500 total pledge

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The minimum birdie pledge is $.01 and the maximum pledge is $1. The

last day to submit a pledge is Sunday, November 8, 2020. Last year, 1,244

birdies were made at the Houston Open. FYI we are playing at a new

course this year.

2. Make a flat donation not tied to birdies. For flat donations, the minimum is

$20. To donate, please visit our Charity page at www.houstonopengolf.com.

Grand Prize: You are eligible to enter our “Guess the Birdie” contest when you

donate or make a pledge to one of our local charities. Guess the total number

of birdies that will be made by PGA Tour Pros during the Houston Open,

Nov. 2-8, 2020. One grand prize will be given to the person who guesses

the correct number. In case of ties, winners will be randomly selected. One

lucky supporter of the Houston Open Birdies for Charity® program will win

an Astros *Suite Night at Minute Maid Park. *Suite night 2021 date will

be determined by the Astros organization and sent to the winner once

determined. For more information about the Houston Open Birdies for

Charity® program, please contact Monica Whitt at info@astrosgolf.com.

33 ND ANNUAL B. F. ADAM GOLF CLASSIC

POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cy-Fair Educational Foundation

(CFEF) trustees graded 1200+ scholarship applications and met via Zoom

to award more than $635,000 in scholarships. For Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

graduating seniors planning to attend Lone Star College full-time in the

fall, our application is open now through May 11, 2020. This summer, the

Foundation will award $72,000 from the Edwin C. Schroeder Endowment

Fund. The Foundation looks forward to recognizing our 2020 scholarship

recipients this August. With the Stay Home - Work Safe Mandate through

the end of April, the Foundation has decided to postpone the B. F. Adam

Golf Classic until the COVID-19 risk is minimal within our community for the

safety of our 288 golfers and over 100 volunteers, trustees and staff, who

help make this event a tremendous success, as well as the staff at BlackHorse

Golf Club. Our 33 rd annual B. F. Adam Golf Class has been moved to Monday,

November 16, 2020. Celebrating 50 years as a non-profit raising money to

fund scholarships for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD high school graduates, the Cy-

Fair Educational Foundation is looking forward to our exciting Fall lineup

of events. The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation is incredibly grateful for the

unwavering generosity of the Cy-Fair community and the commitment of

our Board of Trustees. Over the last 50 years, the Foundation has grown

tremendously awarding more than $9 million to graduating seniors

from Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. CFEF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, all

contributions are tax deductible, as allowed by the law. For more information

please contact marie@thecfef.org or visit our website at www.theCFEF.org.

THE WOMEN’S FUND FOR HEALTH EDUCATION AND

RESILIENCY: 10 TH ANNUAL ROCKIN’ RESILIENCY LUNCHEON

The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency, a nonprofit

providing Houston-area women and girls with the tools needed to be

advocates for their health, is pleased to announce its 10 th Annual Rockin’

Resiliency Luncheon on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at 11 AM. The Women’s

Fund along with Luncheon Chairs Christine and Steve Johnson are hosting

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5 WAYS TO MINDFULLY HONOR BREAST

CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

by Paige Davis, a survivor’s blog

For many breast cancer survivors, including

myself, the pink frenzy of October can be a

confusing time. On the one hand, as a survivor, I

appreciate this raised awareness and am grateful

for the role it has played in my own healing

journey. The opportunities to get involved and

show support are plentiful. Fashion, beauty,

food and design invite us to purchase pink in

the name of breast cancer awareness, but that

also makes it confusing.

For the most part, I’m past my cancer bubble. I

don’t think about it every day. And yet, I can’t

deny some old habits from that time still kick in.

Every now and then, I’ll wake up on a Thursday

thinking it’s chemo day. Occasionally, I’ll step out

of the shower and see the scars on my body and

just stare in wonder: How did this happen? And

while it happens much less, I admittedly still get

hit with overwhelming moments of emotion

that wash over me at the most unpredictable

times.

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Most importantly, I recognize the importance of staying present. It’s this present-moment

awareness that serves as my greatest daily teacher. And with the pink-hued mania now

lighting up October, we all have the opportunity to infuse our support and awareness

with a healthy dose of mindfulness. Here are a few tips:

1. Be mindful of your body: Early detection is key in any disease, especially breast cancer.

This is an ideal time to schedule a mammogram for yourself or remind a loved one. You can

also commit to performing monthly self-exams, which is how I found my cancer. Treat your

body with personal mindfulness and attention.

2. Connect with loved ones. Most likely, we all know someone who is going through

or has been through some type of cancer, breast or otherwise. Reach out to that person

and let them know you’re thinking of them. It’s the random texts, calls and social media

messages that mean the world to anyone who has been touched by cancer. If you are more

of a “doer,” offer something more tangible: arrange for a cleaning service; organize meals;

offer rides to appointments; gift cozy items for chemo days; and sending fresh flowers.

My cousins came together and arranged to have weekly flowers delivered throughout my

treatment - that was amazing.

3. Show your support mindfully. There is no question that the big foundations can play

a pivotal role when it comes to cancer research and finding a cure. Consider embracing

causes that support overall women’s health and helping the diseases that don’t receive the

level of awareness and support that breast cancer does.

4. Donate with intention. I’ve also been on the other side of watching loved ones go

through cancer, so I understand the helplessness. I get the desire to take action and do

something - anything. If dyeing your hair pink or buying a designer handbag makes you

feel like you’re helping, then by all means do it. But do the research and understand where

the funds are going and make sure that resonates with you.

5. Practice a “loving kindness meditation.” I’m a big believer that when we meditate,

we are helping to raise the positive vibration of ourselves and those around us. One of

the best tools to do this is to practice a loving kindness meditation. Picture someone you

know who is going through cancer. If you don’t know anyone, imagine someone who is

experiencing any type of struggle. Picture them as you breathe into your heart center and

silently repeat the phrases:

May your body be at ease. May your heart be open. May your mind be boundless. May

you be awakened and free. Repeat these phrases for yourself and then for all beings in the

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10 Ideas for

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While Halloween might look different this year, that doesn’t

mean it should be boring. Who would have thought social

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would still be in effect in October? However, given the

ongoing coronavirus pandemic, you’ll have to take some

precautions to make sure your Halloween is safe. But, just

because you’ll need to put some more thought into this

year’s spooky celebrations, doesn’t mean they need to be

any less fun. Here you’ll find our favorite (safe) ideas for

your quarantine Halloween. From a movie night to outdoor

outings, it’s time to get planning.

Watch a Spooky Movie: There’s certainly no shortage of

Halloween movies. From family friendly classics (Hocus

Pocus, Casper) to horror flicks (Halloween, Silence of the

Lambs), there’s something in the Halloween œuvre for

everyone. Swap your popcorn for candy corn and let the

movie marathon begin.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch: Already a great autumnal outdoor

activity, many pumpkin patches, apple orchards and farms

are implementing social distancing protocols for their visitors.

Make sure to grab some apple cider while you’re there.

Carve Jack-O’-Lanterns: Once you’re done

picking the pumpkins, it’s obviously time to

carve. Whether you’re aiming for a classic

jack-o’-lantern face or a more original design,

pumpkin carving is the perfect activity to do

outdoors, distanced from friends or with kids

at home.

Decorate Your House: Choose either a cute or

spooky aesthetic and then fashion your digs

appropriately. Grab a scarecrow, decorative

gourds and maybe even some hay to elevate

your porch.

Take a Drive or Hike: In many areas, October also brings stunning fall foliage. A

perfect way to embrace the season is to drive and observe the changing leaves. Better

yet, get outside and fully immerse yourself in autumn with a nature hike.

Bake Some Sweet Treats: Who says Halloween is all about the candy? This is the

perfect time to get creative with your baking. Decorate some spooky cookies or build

a (haunted) gingerbread house. You’ll have both an activity and a yummy dessert.

Host a Zoom Halloween Party: If you can’t physically attend a Halloween party this

year, don’t forgo celebrating. Get a group of friends together and plan a time for you

all to dress up, catch up and enjoy. Costumes mandatory (at least from the waist up).

Stir Up a Spooky Cocktail: Fetch the dry ice and grab the tequila-time to make some

on-theme drinks. And for the little ones? A Halloween mocktail is sure to excite.

Craft a Halloween Playlist: There are more Halloween-themed tunes than you’d

expect. There’s the age-old classic “The Monster Mash,” along with more modern

interpretations like “Heads Will Roll” and “She Wolf.” So, build a playlist curated to your

tastes and let the costumed dance party begin.

Decorate Themed Face Masks: There is perhaps no more “2020” Halloween activity

than decorating a face mask. Whether you’re doing it for yourself or with your kids,

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How to Carve A Pumpkin

When it comes to pumpkin carving, the idea is to have fun. We’ve got tips

on carving the best pumpkin, as well as how to pick a good pumpkin for

carving!

HOW TO PICK A GOOD PUMPKIN FOR CARVING

Look for one that is a little misshapen. Inspect it for soft spots (especially the end

opposite the stem). Reject a pumpkin that has soft spots, they will cause it to

deteriorate quickly. Remember, your pumpkin doesn’t have to sit on its base, in fact,

that’s often its weakest spot.

Let the pumpkin guide the shape of the face: An elongated pumpkin should have an

elongated face. A fat and happy pumpkin should have a fat and happy face.

HOLLOW OR WHOLE?

There are two reasons for hollowing: (1) If the inside is going to be exposed (through

the mouth, etc.), it looks better if it is hollowed neatly. (2) If you plan to light the

pumpkin from the inside, it must be hollow. You can hollow it out from a hole

in the back instead of the top, so that the look of the face isn’t affected. If you’re

illuminating with a candle, you need to hollow from the top to allow the heat and

smoke to escape.

THE TOOLS

Use a water-based marker to outline the face that you want to carve. First, draw a

line down the center to establish symmetry. Then sketch the nose, the approximate

center of the face. Once you’re satisfied with the details, trace over the lines using a

permanent marker. For carving, basic kitchen implements, such as a paring knife or a

steak knife with a standard - not serrated - blade that’s not going to bend, work well.

You can also use a standard jigsaw blade. Otherwise, improvise: Use a melon-ball

cutter to make circles, for example.

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MAKE A FACE

To achieve a three-dimensional appearance, carve the entire pumpkin. Exaggerate

the features. (If you aren’t sure what teeth really look like or how the gum line works,

smile and look in the mirror.) If the pumpkin is frowning, carve wrinkles under the

mouth. To add character, carve a lot of “crow’s feet” lines around the eyes. Consider

using the stem as the nose and inserts such as radishes for the eyes or cut eyeballs

from the back of the pumpkin and hold them in place with toothpicks.

CARVE WITH CARE

Use two hands at all times: one to control the blade and the other to control the

pressure with which you cut (and thus the depth). Take care not to jab the blade

into the pumpkin; you don’t want to cut all the way through the rind - except to

determine its depth. The thickness of the rind will vary, not only from pumpkin

to pumpkin, but also within one pumpkin. To determine your pumpkin’s average

depth, cut a core sample where you want an eye or a nostril to be. Keep that piece

nearby as a reminder of how deep you can safely cut.

ENJOY IT WHILE IT LASTS

Pumpkins, which are actually a fruit, not a vegetable, are 90 percent water, so after

carving they usually last only three days to a week. A jack-o’-lantern with a surface

carving will last longer than one that is cut all the way through. Putting a candle

or other light inside will shorten its life span, as the heat that results can “cook” the

pumpkin and reduce its longevity to a matter of hours. For a bright, shiny finish,

spray Armor All on the pumpkin and rub it in. Paint will not preserve a pumpkin.

However, if you decide to paint your pumpkin for decoration, use a water-based

latex paint and wait at least an hour after carving so that the cuts you have made in

the pumpkin have a chance to dry.

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Celebrate Halloween Safely

YOU CAN STILL HAVE YOUR TRICKS AND TREATS—

WITH A TWIST.

By Lisa Milbrand

At this point, we’ve mastered the Zoom party, the socially distanced backyard soiree, and the safest

way to host family and friends. Now we get to put our newfound safe socializing skills to the test

with the first big event of the fall/winter holiday season: Halloween. With Halloween falling on

a Saturday this year and several challenging months behind us (and likely more to come), it’s

only natural that people want to celebrate, big time. But many of the traditional things to do on

Halloween—parties, parades, haunted houses, and crowds of kids trick-or-treating—may feel a

little questionable during a pandemic. But don’t cancel your Halloween costume order or forget

your ideas for easy Halloween costumes just yet. With a little creativity, you can still have a spooky

time without putting your health or the health of others at risk. Read on for our smart ideas for a

safe Halloween 2020 during coronavirus.

1 - Tweak your trick-or-treat routine

Trick-or-treating may still be in the cards, as long as the COVID-19 numbers near you are relatively

low. “Just like we check the weather on Halloween to see what precautions and extra gear might be

needed, knowing the current state of COVID-19 in your community will be important in determining

if it is safe or not,” says Michelle Barron, MD, medical director for infection prevention and control at

UCHealth in Aurora, Colo. “Follow the current rules and guidance being given at the state

and local level, and do a risk/benefit analysis based on the health of the individuals

trick-or-treating and those who live in the household and decide if the risk of getting

potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19 is worth the bag of treats.” If you can’t

trick or treat the traditional way due to the pandemic, look for ways to manage it creatively. You

can buy your kiddo’s favorite candy and let her trick-or-treat door to door within your house, or

have her walk through the neighborhood so she can show off her costume, then come home to a

special treat or toy.

2 - Find a safe way to give out treats

Dr. Barron recommends individually wrapping up treats and putting them out in your yard or on

your stoop so there’s space between the bags for people to easily pick them up. You can put them

on a blanket on the lawn or a table on your driveway or porch. And if you’re game to go through a

lot of hand sanitizer and wear a mask, you could still hand out the treats yourself. “If you are going

to hand out candy, I would recommend having a small bottle of hand sanitizer and using it before

handing out the treats,” Dr. Barron says. “This is probably a better approach than having a bowl that

many hands can reach into at one time.”

3 - Work a (real) mask into your costume

This is the year to break out your ninja costume—or slip a second safety mask under your

Michael Myers or ghost masks: whatever you have to do to make a Halloween costume with a

mask. Doubling up the masks is safe, Dr. Barron says, but comfort is also key. “If you are wearing

another mask under a rubber mask, you want to make sure that it doesn’t get too hot and that the

person wearing it can easily breathe,” she says. Sadly, your Halloween mask probably isn’t up to par

as a safety device. “Most Halloween masks are not designed to contain droplets,” Dr. Barron says.

4 - Keep the party outdoors

As with most entertaining these days, outdoors (and small) is best if you want to throw a Halloween

party. “Masking and social distancing are still important,” Dr. Barron says. “Food and drinks should be

prepackaged or in single servings and hand sanitizers should be readily accessible. Setting up chairs and

tables so that everyone can be social but still maintain space between each other should be considered.”

5 - Research events before you go

If you’re a big fan of picking pumpkins, hay mazes, costume parades, and haunted houses, you may

still be able to take part. But do your research beforehand to see how they’re planning to make it

safer (such as limiting participants or requiring masks), to see if you’re comfortable with their plans.

And as with everything else, outdoors is better. “Outdoor activities like pumpkin picking and corn

mazes are great things to do and are probably lower risk than other types of indoor activities as long

as masks are used and social distancing is adhered to,” Dr. Barron says.

6 Get creative with your celebrations

There are plenty of ways to get your Halloween on, so think outside the box. Set up a movie

projector and screen and host a marathon of your favorite Halloween movies on Netflix in your

backyard for a few friends, or host a Zoom dance party where your friends can gather and learn the

“Thriller” choreography or do the “Time Warp” all together. “Let creativity reign!” Dr. Barron advises.

“I never thought I would have fun at Zoom Dance party, but I did this for a friend's birthday and it

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TX Lic. B16768 • ACR-1704954

GEYER ROOFING

“We work as unto

the Lord”

RESIDENTIAL &

COMMERCIAL

Specializing in

Re-Roofing

Ron Geyer

713-462-3898

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Caring Professionals for over 35 years in the Bear Creek Area!

281-859-5637

FALL special!

$

75 Off for New Patient Exams

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REMODELING

• Kitchens • Bathrooms • Windows / Doors • Floors • Hardi Siding

• Rooms Additions • Complete Renovations • Patio Covers

Rob Geyer

281-477-3456

16100 Cairnway, Suite 285

$

25 Off Dental Treatment for (existing patients)

(Not valid with any other offer. EXPIRES 10/31/20. Must present

coupon at the time of service. Valid for only one use per patient)

• Advanced Laser Dentistry

• Digital X-Rays for reduced Radiation

• Affordable, Flexible, No interest payment options.

www.CAREYDENTISTRY.com

October 2020 | Concord Bridge

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