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In an effort to provide and protect each individual Homeowner’s rights and values, it
is required that any Homeowner or group of owners considering improvements and/
or changes to their home or property submit a REQUEST FOR HOME IMPROVEMENT
APPROVAL to the Architectural Review Committee. For a detailed description of
Application Procedures and General Guidelines, please visit www.townsquare.
nabrnetwetwork.com (see resources, Governing Documents, then Copper village ARC
application). Should you require a hard copy of anyone of these documents, please
contact Inframark at 281-870-0585. Ask for Erinn.
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Inframark, our Property Management Company, has a website that
homeowners can log into to access current Association information. The
website is: townsquare.nabrnetwork.com; the site is constantly being
updated to provide the latest association news. You are also able to see
all pertinent governing documents related to the association.
All homeowners will need to register to access this website. Currently
there are less than one-half of the homeowners registered. Please
register to be able to access this website so that you can stay abreast of
BEST TRASH LLC.
Telephone: 281-313-2378, FAX: 281-313-2379
Best Trash, our trash company, is still continuing to pick up both
recyclables (Monday) and regular trash (Monday & Thursday). However,
they have asked us to do the following to keep their employees safe:
1) All waste should be placed in plastic bags and tied off to avoid any
direct contact with the garbage.
2) Recycling can still be placed loose in the container; however, Best
Trash is asking if anyone in your household is exhibiting symptoms of
a transmissible illness, please place any recyclables in plastic bags and
dispose of with regular garbage.
3) Whenever possible, please mulch leaves and grass clippings instead of
bagging them for disposal.
4) Limit the amount of pruning and tree trimming to only what is essential.
5) If utilizing a landscaping company, ensure all green waste is collected
and hauled off by the contractor.
Because residents are at home more, Best Trash is experiencing an
increase in solid waste, which results in some service delays. They are
hoping to continue full service, unlike other trash companies. It is
hopeful that the Copper Village residents will be vigilant with their trash
collection to avoid any service delays/interruptions.
It has come to our attention that many residents are leaving their grass
clippings and shrub clippings out on the curb for days before the assigned
trash pickup. Either change your scheduled yard mowing to coordinate
with the trash days OR remove the grass and tree trimmings to the back
of your fence or in your garage until the evening before trash pick-ups.
It is a deed violation to leave your grass clippings or tree branches out
days early. DON’T SWEEP OR BLOW GRASS CLIPPINGS INTO THE STREET
GUTTERS. It clogs our drainage system.
There have been some residents who have expressed concern with trash
left out in the street after pick up or forgetting them all together. THE
BEST WAY TO GET RESULTS IS TO CALL BEST TRASH AND TELL THEM THE
PROBLEM. Our trash days are Monday and Thursday. The HOA doesn’t
manage our trash.
COPPER VILLAGE 2020 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Board meets 3 rd Monday of each month at 6:30 PM at the pool.
October: Garage Sale: Saturday, October 10 th , from 7 AM to 12 Noon.
The Fall Garage Sale will be held as scheduled. The Board hopes that
homeowners will take necessary precautions, in light of the current
Corona Virus outbreak, if you choose to participate. Please keep in mind
that this date and the Spring Garage Sale Date are the only times garage
sales can be held in our subdivision. Any other garage sales held are in
violation of deed restrictions.
Fall Festival: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus threat, the Board has voted
to cancel the festival, which was scheduled for Sunday, October 18 th . We
hope to continue with the festival next year.
December: Christmas Decorating Contest: Judging will be Monday,
December 14 th .
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5. Basketball Goals - A basketball goal may not be installed or erected on
a lot without the prior approval of the committee and shall be subject to
a. Basketball goals must be mounted either on the garage wall or roof
with the backboard parallel to the automobile entrance or on a rigid steel
or aluminum pole (no wooden poles). No garage mounted basketball
goals shall be allowed on an attached garage.
b. The backboard material must be fiberglass or safety glass. The color
must be clear (safety glass), gray or white with the exception of the
white, black, orange or red manufacturer’s outline markings. The rim
should be of heavy gauge steel and white, black or orange in color. The
net, rim, backboard and pole must be maintained in good condition as
determined by the Committee.
c. The backboard supports must be firmly attached to the structure,
using either lag bolts into underlying support members (garage studs or
trusses) or threaded bolts and nuts through the structure’s roof or wall.
Nails, by themselves, are not permitted. Mounting supports may be of
wood, steel or aluminum. Supports must be painted of a color complying
with the house painting guidelines.
d. All pole-mounted goals must be behind the front building line that
extends from the front of the house or garage parallel to the street. A
pole mounted goal must not be within fifteen (15’) feet of an adjacent
lot of owner’s amenities (air conditioning unit, shrubbery, gas meter,
driveway, etc.) unless property protected (i.e., by fence or shrubbery). No
pole mounted goals will be allowed along the neighbor’s adjoining side
of a driveway if a neighbor’s first story house window (s) are exposed. The
pole must have a manufacturer’s weather resistant finish or be painted
black or white.
e. An application for approval of a basketball goal should include a
detailed sketch of the goal’s proximity and relationship to the adjoining
neighbor’s property and, in pole mounted cases, include a description of
the amenities of the adjacent lot and three (3) photographs from three
(3) different angles of the amenities on the adjacent lot.
f. Applications must include the following:
1) Roof or Wall-Mounted Goals: A photograph or detailed sketch showing
the proposed location of the goal on the garage.
2) Pole-Mounted Goals: A copy of the lot survey showing the exact
location of the proposed goal relative to the front of the main structure,
lot lines and easements.
3) Goals Located Near a Lot Boundary Line: Photographs showing the
exposed side of the neighbor’s property and an indication of the distance
between the proposed goal and the nearest neighbor’s amenities. This
can be achieved by enclosing a photograph as viewed from the street
and/or a copy of the neighbor’s lot survey showing the location of
g. Movable or temporary goals must be stored at the garage or at an
approved storage area when not in use; provided that, a movable or
temporary goal must be stored overnight out of view from the street in
front of the lot.
h. Pole mounted goals installed near a lot boundary line must include
with the application a letter stating that the owner will remove the goal
if requested by the Board.
i. The basketball goal, rim and net must be maintained at all times or the
basketball goal must be removed.
j. The Board may revoke its approval and require removal of any basketball
goal which it reasonably determines to be a nuisance to the neighbors.
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CYPRESS FALLS BAND FUNDRAISER
The Cypress Falls Golden Eagle Marching Band lined our
neighborhood with nearly 700 US flags recently through their Flags
with Pride fundraiser. For an annual fee of $40, band volunteers
will deliver a 3’x5’ flag on a 10’ pole and place it in front of your
home on six patriotic holidays throughout the year: Presidents
Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Patriots Day
(9/11) and Veterans Day. The band is now taking orders for 2021
flag service and is running a special promotion: new customers
that sign up by November 5 th will get a flag for Veterans Day 2020
included for free! Homes must be in the Cypress Falls High School
attendance zone. Visit https://www.cypressfallsband.org/flagswith-pride/
for more information and to order online or download
a mail-in form to pay by check/money
order. This fundraiser helps the band
pay for supplies, performances and
competitions. Many other band
fundraisers have been delayed or
postponed due to the pandemic so
this program has become even more
important for them. Help the band line
our streets with flags!
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.
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CONCORD BRIDGE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020, 8 AM TO 2 PM
West Little York between Eldridge and Hwy 6.
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Located off of Barker Cypress between Longenbaugh and FM529.
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 RD , 7 AM-3 PM
Located in Copperfield between Longenbaugh and West Rd.
COPPERFIELD SOUTHDOWN VILLAGE FALL GARAGE SALE
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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
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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
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2020.
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.
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October 24, 2020: 9 AM-4 PM
October 25, 2020: 10 AM-4 PM
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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 email@example.com. Saint
Aidan’s Episcopal Church is located at 13131 Fry Road, Cypress Texas 77433.
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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 donationcollecting
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
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,
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While Halloween might look different this year, that doesn’t
mean it should be boring. Who would have thought social
distancing recommendations that first came about in March
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
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
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,
make your mask match your costume or have it be a costume in itself. Some ideas
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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
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.
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.
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
was pretty great.” You never know what might become a new Halloween tradition.
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