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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.
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
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PURPOSE OF HUNTER’S PARK
Hunter’s Park Community Association handles the
financial and legal affairs of the subdivision. Each lot
owner is required to pay an annual maintenance fee
which is used to pay street lights; pay taxes on and
maintain the common areas, such as the swimming
pools, tennis courts, etc.; pay for security; and pay legal
expenses incurred to enforce the deed restrictions.
The Board meets the 2nd Thursday of every
month at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the
community building. Residents are welcome to attend.
Anyone wishing to place an item on the agenda
should call the HPCA office in advance.
The Annual Meeting of Members is held on the
4th Thursday of January.
Members hold three year staggered terms and are
elected. The election process is as follows:
1) Mail in ballots will be mailed out with the Annual
Maintenance fee statements.
2) Voting in person will begin on the 1st Monday
after the Annual Meeting ending on the following
Saturday at 7pm.
4503 A Hickory Downs, Houston, TX 77084
Office Phone: 281 463-1216
Office Hrs: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Mon- Fri.
Closed Weekends and Major Holidays
HPCA employs two workers to provide coverage for
the office. Every effort is made to have one of the two
employees in the office at all times. Occasionally business
of the association may require us to be out of the office
for a short period of time. If we are out of the office
when you call or if you call after hours, please leave a
message on the answering machine and your calls will
be returned as soon as possible during office hours.
HUNTER’S PARK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Shelly Schmitz - President
Terry Martin - Vice President
Jill Yeager - Treasurer/ Asst. Secretary
Carol Harless - Secretary/Asst. Treasurer
Amy Jones - Member at Large
Hunter's Park Comm. Assoc 281-463-1216
AT & T 1-800-288-2020
Trash Service WCA 281-368-8397
Harris County Animal Control 281-999-3191
Houston Animal Control 713-238-9600
Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation 713-468-8972
Bear Creek Library 281-550-0885
Buses MTA (Information, Routes & Scheduling) 713-635-4000
KISD School Bus Info. 281-578-2210
Car Share/Van Share 713-227-0003
Harris County Constable’s Office (Clay Road Dispatch) 281-463-6666
Courthouse Annex (16715 Clay Road) 713-274-0800
Pct. 5 Judge Jeff Williams 713-274-0800
Katy Independent School District Administration Office: 281-396-6000
Bear Creek Elementary (K-5) 281-237-5600
Cardiff Junior High (6-8) 281-234-0600
Mayde Creek Senior High (9-12) 281-237-3000
Please call HPCA OFFICE at 281-463-1216 to reach a board member.
Email HPCA Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
The HPCA office has a new resident package available
at the office or by mail. Please call 281 463-1216
and we will be happy to send the information to you!
Deed restrictions are strictly enforced by Hunter’s Park
Community Association. Copies of the restrictions
are available on our website at www.bearcreeknetwork.org.
Complaint forms are included in every
Bear Creek Newsletter for your convenience. The
association’s office verifies complaints and writes
letters to violators. HPCA will initiate legal action
when warranted, to enforce the deed restrictions.
You must submit any plans for improvements or
modifications of your home to the Hunter’s Park
Community Association Office. Your plans will be
checked to insure that they comply with the deed
restrictions. This includes re-roofing, playforts (8
ft. height limit), temporary storage buildings, etc.
Please call the office at 281 463-1216 if you need
any additional help or assistance.
Hunter’s Park Community Association provides
additional security currently through a contract
with Commissioners Court for four Harris County
Constables. HPCA also hires off-duty deputies on
an as-needed basis for additional coverage.
Please call the Constable’s Office at 281 463-6666
to report any suspicious person, activity or for vacation
watch. There is a voluntary $2.00 security
contribution on the M.U.D. #6 water bill that goes to
each homeowner. The voluntary contributions can
only be used to pay for security. This contribution
enables HPCA to provide more coverage without
raising maintenance fees.
Judy - Security Director - HPCA - (281) 463-1216
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WASTE CORPORATION OF TEXAS (WCA)
WCA collects our trash on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Poly-carts, heavy trash and extra bags or items will
be picked up on both days. Recycling picked up
on Tuesdays only. The homeowner’s maintenance
fee does not pay for garbage pick-up. You must
call WCA to start service. Poly-carts and recycling
bins are provided free of charge to homeowners or
residents. When regular pick-up falls on a holiday,
New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4 th , Labor Day,
Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, the pick-up
will be made on the next regular scheduled pick up
day. If your recycling day falls on a holiday it will be
picked up the next week on your normal scheduled
recycle day. WCA will collect for recycling, papers,
plastics, aluminum and tin cans that are placed in
the recycling bin. If items exceed container capacity,
please place them adjacent to the bin. If you find
items left in the bin, that are not recyclable, please
dispose of the items in your polycart.
Trees, shrubs, brush trimmings and fencing must be
bundled in small manageable bundles, in lengths
no greater than 4 feet, with no branch diameter
exceeding in 3 inches. Items that will be picked up,
such as: appliances, furniture, carpet (up to 1 room,
rolled up four feet wide and less than fifty pounds),
cardboard boxes (flattened). Refrigerators and
freezers or any other items containing Freon must
be drained of Freon and have an accompanying bill
to validate such service was performed.
Items excluded from normal collection are dirt, rocks,
bricks, concrete, tires, batteries, motor oil, cooking
oil, waste generated by a private contractor or any
materials or items deemed hazardous materials. Do
not dispose of these items in a container that is not
visible to WCA personnel.
If you need a special pickup, please call WCA.
Customer Service: 281-368-8397
The Water Board is a tax assessing board that levies
water and sewer taxes and hires a Tax Assessor
Collector to collect them. Severn Trent Services was
hired by the Water Board to manage the utility district
and they can assist you if you have any problems.
The Board meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month
at 6:00 p.m. at the Jackrabbit Rd. WWTP - 16720
Pine Forest Lane, Houston, TX 77084. Members
hold staggered 4 year terms and are elected the 1st
Saturday in April.
Repairs: Street Lights Centerpoint Energy 713-207-2222
(to report non-functioning light, give address and pole # off of pole needing repair)
Street Repair 281-353-8424
(streets and curbs owned/maintained by Harris County)
U. S. Post Office (Bear Creek) 1-800-275-8777
Utilities Severn Trent Services (HCUD#6) water/sewer 281-579-4500
(24 hour emergency:) 281-398-8211
Centerpoint Gas 713-659-2111
To report gas leaks & explosions 713-659-3552
Centerpoint Energy 713-207-2222
Harris Ct Pct 4 Community Assistance:
(for roadway/stop signs etc. county issures 281-353-8424
Help Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse 713-520-8620
Hot Lines: Battered Women & Children’s Hotline (Wires-24) 713-528-2121
Crisis Hotline (24 Hours) 713-228-1505
Harris County Children’s Protective Servs.(24) 713-394-4000
Poison Control (24 hours) 1-800-222-1222
Rabies Control 281-999-3191
Rape Crisis (24) 713-528-7273
Suicide Prevention (24 hours) 713-228-1505
Women’s Information & Referral Exchange Service 713-528-2121
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BEAR CREEK VILLAGE SEPTEMBER
YARD OF THE MONTH
THE FAMILY AT 4334 ASPENGLEN - CONGRATULATIONS!!
HUNTERS PARK 2020 MEETING SCHEDULE
Resident and closed Board Meetings are being held on the 2 nd Thursday
of the month at 6:30 PM in the Community Center on Hickory Downs
Drive. MASKS ARE REQUIRED until further notice.
NOW 3 WAYS TO GET YOUR HPCA INFORMATION
Hunter’s Park Community Association has a very informative website.
Go to www.bearcreeknetwork.org for all things pertaining to Bear Creek
Village. Find out about neighborhood amenities, useful phone numbers,
HOA documents, Architectural Control Committee forms and much
Owners can now get their account information online as well. If the HPCA
Office has your email address, you would have recently received an email
invitation to securely log into your account(s). If you would like to receive
this invitation simply send your email to board@bearcreekneetwork.
org and you will be contacted. Owners can see their account history,
contact the office, access the neighborhood website and make payments
through this Owner Access Portal.
And finally, if we have your email address, you will get email blasts
occasionally that contain important Bear Creek Village events and dates.
And please let us know if you want to begin receiving your statements by
email or continue using USPS.
DEED RESTRICTION OVERVIEW
344 Total / 115 open
Courtesy letters 24/11
Inoperable vehicles 7/4
Dead tree/shrub 8/3
Items in view 48/12
Parking on grass 15/1
Trash cans in view 59/40
Yard maintenance 69/5
Debris removal 14/5
Edging/Grass in cracks 39/11
KEEP BEAR CREEK BEAUTIFUL!
Homeowners and residents, please store your polycarts, recycle bins
and all other items out of public view. Trash should be put out the night
before or day of pickup and polycarts should be promptly removed same
day as pickup. Let’s keep our neighborhood beautiful!
IMPORTANT HPCA INFORMATION -
ANY changes or modifications made to the exterior of structures or
on property, i.e., paint colors, roofs, sheds, etc, MUST BE APPROVED
THROUGH THE HPCA OFFICE BEFORE ANY MODIFICATIONS BEGIN.
Applications for home modifications may be obtained through our
website, email, mail or at office.
DO NOT POST SIGNS OF ANY KIND ON COUNTY SIGNS OR
EASEMENTS. IT IS AGAINST THE LAW AND YOU CAN BE FINED!
For extra security, our subdivision has a contract with the Harris County
Precinct 5 Constable’s Department.
Notify the Constables immediately at 281-463-6666 if you see any
suspicious persons, vehicles or activities. Please, if possible, obtain
license plate numbers, color, make and model of vehicle. Description of
person(s). Was suspicious person walking, riding a bike? - location - as
much information as possible will be helpful!
Vacation Watch - This informs our Deputies that you are on vacation.
Please call the Constable’s Dept. at 281-463-6666 in the event you will be
out of town to set up your vacation watch.
COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE, PRECINCT 4
COMMISSIONER JACK CAGLE
For street repairs, manhole covers, tree limbs hanging over street, etc.,
contact Community Assistance at 281-353-8424 or contact them at hcp4.
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.
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.
Harris County Animal Control advises, “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 nor 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 than 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 or 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.
Please remember that cats fall under the same laws as dogs and must be
licensed and kept restrained when not on the premises of the owner. We’ve
been told that spreading moth balls in flower beds might keep cats away.
To make a complaint or report an animal that is not properly restrained
Harris County Precinct #5, Contract #87: 281-463-6666
Harris County Animal Control: 281-999-3191
Harris County Health Department, Rabies/Animal Control Section
2223 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027-3588
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pandemic, we are:
Screening all patients,
ensuring only those without
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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
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Wearing masks and other
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Redesigning waiting rooms
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A very important thing you can do is have a collar with some form of ID
and your phone number on it. Pet stores have special ID’s for your pets.
Many pet owners are now “chipping” the pets. If found and taken to a vet
they can scan chip and find the owner. If your pet has a rabies tag, the vet
has your name and #. The first thing I ask a caller is “does the pet have ID
on it.” If it does, I will help contact the # on the ID and get the pet to it’s
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HARRIS COUNTY ALARM DETAIL
If your home has an alarm system, you need to obtain a permit to avoid
the issuance of a citation and excessive false alarm fees. You can get a
copy of the permit application and review the regulations regarding
permit requirements at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office website. The
form can be printed for mailing with the applicable fee from the website.
For more info, call the Alarm Detail office at 713-755-4600 during normal
STREET LIGHTS OUT?
Contact Centerpoint Energy at 713-207-2222. You will need to give the
address where the pole is located and provide the stenciled number on
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ECI PROJECT TYKE
ECI Project TYKE is a year round Early Childhood Intervention program
(ECI) in the Katy Independent School District that specializes in working
with children who need extra help. The program provides developmental
services to children who may need assistance in attaining developmental
milestones or who may have a disability. Services are provided to
children from birth to three where they live, learn or play. ECI Project
TYKE develops a supportive partnership with families by providing
educational and emotional supports, which enriches the daily routines
and relationships that will enable their child to reach his or her maximum
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to ECI Project TYKE. If you know a child under the age of 3 who needs
assistance in at least one area of development or who has a medical
diagnosis or condition impacting his or her development, please call
ECI Project TYKE 281-237-6647 or make a referral on our website www.
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by making these simple, fast changes to the way you shop and live:
• Do the double. Plan your grocery shopping trips on the day your supermarket
doubles coupons or offers special discounts to groups such as veterans or
• Never pay shipping. Search for online coupons codes before paying
delivery fees from any online retailer.
• Plan meals based on sales. Write the grocery list with the store flyer
in hand. Choose upcoming dinners based on the week’s specials and
• Don’t toss leftovers. Instead, recycle them into another meal. Use
leftover rice in soup or save grilled chicken to top a salad. Leftover fruit
salad makes a wonderful fruit smoothie.
• Shop online clearance sections. Click on sale tabs on merchant website
sites first to find the best deals.
• Stack coupons. Pair manufacturer coupons found online or in the
newspaper with in-store sales or coupons. If the store has a customer
savings card, you may be able to use that to triple the savings.
• Sign up for free newsletters. Emailed and printed newsletters and
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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
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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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
donation-collecting charities and one randomly drawn charity with an
additional bonus. In 2019, the Houston Open distributed $615,000 to
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
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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
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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
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hit with overwhelming moments of emotion
that wash over me at the most unpredictable
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.
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you be awakened and free. Repeat these phrases for yourself and then for all beings in the
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10 Ideas for
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,
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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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You could make this on National Pasta Day October 17th!
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons water
In a medium sized bowl, combine flour and salt. Make a well in
the flour, add the slightly beaten egg and mix. Mixture should
form a stiff dough. If needed, stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons water.
On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for about 3 to 4 minutes.
With a pasta machine or by hand, roll dough out to desired
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You could bake this on National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day October 21st!
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
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1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese,
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aside. Pour remaining mixture into pie crust.
Into the reserved cream cheese mixture, stir pumpkin puree, cinnamon,
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in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until center of pie is almost
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CURB APPEAL TIPS TO PREPARE
YOUR HOME FOR THE MARKET
When you’re getting your home ready to sell, few things are more important
than curb appeal. After all, whether it’s an in-person or virtual showing, it’s
the first impression that potential buyers will have of your home. That’s why
it’s essential to make your home’s exterior and the surrounding property as
appealing as you can. Below are some tips and resources for boosting your
home’s curb appeal as you prepare to put it on the market.
Consider Major Improvements
There are many major improvements that can significantly enhance curb
appeal. Here are a few worthwhile examples:
• Replace the siding on your home to transform your home’s exterior.
• If your siding isn’t very old, power wash it to make it look brand new.
• If your driveway or patio needs work, consider getting new concrete
• Install new windows and doors to boost the appeal and security of your
• For more curb appeal projects, research homes in your area through
real estate sites and neighborhood newsletters, like those provided by
Make Easy Improvements Yourself
There are also plenty of simple DIY projects that can transform your
home’s curb appeal:
• Paint the front door a vibrant color and put flower boxes out.
• To make your home pop, Install modern house numbers that fit the
• Upgrade your mailbox or give your current mailbox a makeover.
• If your garage door is looking a little worse for wear, bring it back to life
by restaining it.
• Make sure your front porch, patio and/or other outdoor areas are free
Don’t Forget the Landscaping
Your home’s landscaping could be a major selling point, so put some
energy into sprucing it up.
• Keep up with basic lawn maintenance like mowing the grass and
trimming the bushes.
• Add a variety of flowers and greenery to your property.
• Consider any landscape lighting that you could add for appeal and
• Be sure to keep any unused tools, equipment and other clutter stored
out of sight.
• Finally, consider hiring a landscape gardener to save time and reduce
It’s critical to make a great first impression when your home is on the
market. And in many ways, that starts with curb appeal. Remember to
consider all of the projects listed here and prioritize your landscaping.
Lastly, keep researching other ways that you can help your home stand
out among the competition.
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