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WESTGATE IMPORTANT NUMBERS
HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE INFORMATION
Westgate Subdivision falls within District 4 of the Harris County Sheriff’s Department. Suspicious behavior should be called in to the Non-Emergency
number, general questions should be directed to the Patrol District Office and emergencies should always call 911:
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Patrol District Office (gen. info) 281-463-2648
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Cy-Fair Vol. Fire Dept. 713-466-6161
Cy-Creek Vol. Fire Dept. 281-440-0079
Child Protective Services 713-394-4000
Poison Control 800-764-7661
Community Events & Activities Committees
HOA Board of Directors: firstname.lastname@example.org
Newsletter Editor: Kimberly McGaughy • email@example.com
Garage Sale Chairs: Philip & Adrean Rowell • firstname.lastname@example.org
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Reliant Energy (elec) 713-207-7777
CenterPoint Energy 713-659-2111
CenterPoint Energy (to report gas leak) 888-876-5786
CenterPoint Energy (power outage/downed lines) 713-659-2111
MOC Water Emergency 24 hr service line 281-367-5511
MOC Utility Operations (Katy office) 281-347-8686
MUD #70 contact: Schwartz, Page & Harding Attys. 713-623-4531
WCA Waste Corp. (garbage) 281-368-8397
Houston North 281-766-1914
Cy-Fair ISD 281-897-4000
Copeland Elementary 281-856-1400
Jowell Elementary 281-463-6966
Hoover Elementary 832-667-7301
Anthony Middle School 281-373-5660
Cy-Spring HS 281-345-3000
Langham Creek HS 281-463-5400
Local Services Bear Post Office 800-275-8777
Bear Creek Library 281-550-0885
Cy-Fair College Library 281-890-2665
Langham Creek YMCA 281-859-6143
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ASPCA (24 Hr Poison Control) 888-426-4435
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ANNUAL HOA FEES DUE
The Board was able to avoid raising dues for 2021 and the annual
statement has been mailed to all homeowners. The dues should be paid
in January. If you anticipate not being able to pay your Westgate fees for
2020 on time, be sure to call Inframark (281-870-0585) to discuss getting
on a payment plan before more fees are tacked on-from the attorney,
etc. $635 can turn into $1000+ very quickly. Even if you don’t think
you can pay all at once, you need to call Inframark to make payment
arrangements. DON’T WAIT and cost yourself MORE money.
These dues help pay for landscaping, electricity, water, refurbishing and
adding amenities and pool management, among other things. It helps
Westgate continue to be a great community with stable or increasing
property values. If you’d ever like details of how your dues are spent,
you can always ask our management company. Also, go to our annual
meeting and you will receive a copy of the financials.
DEADLINE FOR HOA BOARD ELECTION IN MARCH
At the Annual Homeowners’ Meeting in March, two positions on the HOA
Board of Directors are up for election; Kimberly McGaughy and Wanda
Lewis currently hold those positions. If you are a Westgate homeowner and
you’d like to run for this position, you MUST SUBMIT your INTENT TO RUN
BY Monday, February 22, 2021, to our management company, Inframark, by
contacting Angela Bumann at Angela.Bumann@Inframark.com (also copy
the Board at email@example.com) or calling 281-870-0585 (Inframark).
If you have any questions about what Board directors do, feel free to
email us. HOA Board members should be residents who want to help
steer Westgate right and protect their home’s property values. Having
good Board members can make a big difference in the quality of life
in a neighborhood. They need to have common sense, care about the
community and be willing to go to monthly meetings to conduct business.
WESTGATE HOA NEWS
Our Board meetings are currently being held through Zoom on the 4 th
Thursday of each month. Check our website for details and join in.
DO YOU KNOW YOUR DEED RESTRICTIONS?
In an effort to educate our residents, we are highlighting some deed
restriction or other item that needs improvement in Westgate:
FINE POLICY FOR DEED RESTRICTION VIOLATIONS
Beginning in 2016, Westgate instituted a new fining policy for deed
restriction violations. Our bylaws give approval to do so. After researching
other neighborhoods’ fining policies and working with our attorney to
ensure we comply with state law, the Board voted to approve this step.
Why did the Board feel this step was necessary? Our job is to do what
we can to keep up property values in our community; some violations,
when notification letters are ignored, pull down the overall appeal of
our neighborhood. While some violations must be sent to the attorney,
others can be addressed with fines and hopefully avoid attorney expenses.
Fines also address the cost of repeated notifications and further necessary
actions; in other words, if someone ignores notification letters, they pay
for causing further actions with the fines. The details are available in the
Fine Policy document, but the policy is essentially this: • One notice of
violation is mailed to homeowner. • After 30 days, certified Notice of Non
Compliance letter is sent to homeowner. $50 fine assessed. The homeowner
can request to be heard by the Board. • After 30 more days, another notice
of violation is sent and $100 fine assessed. The Board can then send the
matter to the attorney. • In certain circumstances, the Board can forgo the
Notice of Non Compliance; for instance, if the homeowner has received the
same notice of violation within a certain period. At any time, anyone can
request clarification on a violation by calling our management company,
PCMI. Keep up to date through our website, www. westgatetx.net and on
our Facebook group, Westgate Subdivision. COPIES OF ALL WESTGATE
FOUNDING DOCUMENTS (including the ARC form) can be downloaded
from the Westgate website www.westgatetx.net.
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STAY UP TO DATE WITH WESTGATE NEWS
To get the latest information on what’s happening in Westgate, be sure to
check our other Westgate sources:
1. The WESTGATE WEBSITE, www.westgatetx.net
2. The Westgate FACEBOOK page is Westgate’s official Social Media
outlet for information (on Facebook, search for “WESTGATE SUBDIVISION
Official” and you must sign up); you can find goodies like pictures of
our events, HOA information, etc. If you have trouble finding it on
Facebook, type this into your address bar: www.facebook.com/groups/
WestgateSubdivision/. Within a day or two, you will then be asked to
verify your address, as it is a residents-only group. Look for this in your
“messages” section at the top left of the page and you may be asked to
accept a message.
3. Send questions to the WESTGATE HOA EMAIL, Board@westgatetx.net.
The newsletter only comes out once a month and information is a month
old, so the other methods are used when something happens last minute
and if you missed the newsletter.
HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INFORMATION
Westgate Subdivision falls within District 4 of the Harris County Sheriff’s
Department. Suspicious behavior should be called in to the Non-
Emergency number, general questions should be directed to the Patrol
District Office and emergencies should always call 911:
NON-EMERGENCY NUMBER: 713-221-6000 (Option 1 for dispatch)
PATROL DISTRICT OFFICE: 281-463-2648 (for general information only)
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EMERGENCY: 9-1-1 (emergencies only)
PROCEDURE WHEN FILING A REPORT
WITH THE SHERIFF’S DEPT.
If you ever have to file a report with the Sheriff’s Department, whether
after calling 911 or the nonemergency number (713-221-6000), be sure
to let the deputy know that Westgate has a contract with the Sheriff’s
Dept. through our MUD district (Harris County MUD #70). That way,
the incident will be reported to our contract deputies, giving them
information on what to look for in our community. Also, be sure to report
the issue to our Crime Watch committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They discuss the problems with our deputies as well.
WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CALL
THE NON-EMERGENCY NUMBER
Please call the non-emergency number, 713-221-6000, when you see
suspicious activity. A couple of recent calls have resulted in getting a
couple felons off our streets. When an incident happens - suspicious
person or vehicle, someone rifles through your car, etc - call the nonemergency
number whether anything was taken or not, whether damage
was done or not. Our contract officer spoke to some residents while he
was responding to a call. They informed him that they did share info on
social media but didn’t call HCSO. HCSO is not monitoring Social media.
HCSO put their non-contract officers where there are problems. No calls
= no problems. One call a week or so does not prompt a concern. But if
everyone who posted on social media called it in, it would be, then HCSO
would be justified in allocating more resources in our area to combat
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You will need the pole number, the black and white numbers listed
vertically on the pole, to report the outage. This is something you can
do to help keep your community safe. Otherwise, it may take a while for
Centerpoint to notice it is out.
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KIDS ONLINE - WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
TOP 10 THINGS TO TELL YOUR CHILD
1. Never fill out questionnaires or any forms online or give out personal
information (such as name, age, address, phone number, school, town,
password, schedule) about yourself or anyone else to anyone without
Mom and/or Dad’s permission.
2. Never agree to meet in person with anyone you have spoken to online
without Mom and/or Dad’s presence.
3. Never enter a chat room without Mom and/or Dad’s presence or
supervision. Some “kids” you meet in chat rooms may not really be kids;
they may be adults with bad intentions. Remember, people may not be
who they say they are.
4. Never tell anyone online where you will be or what you will be doing
without Mom and/or Dad’s permission.
5. Never respond to or send email to new people you meet online.
6. Never go into a new online area that is going to cost additional money
without first getting Mom and/or Dad’s permission.
7. Never send, without Mom and/or Dad’s permission, a picture over the
Internet or via regular mail to anyone you’ve met on the Internet.
8. Never buy or order products online or give out any credit card
information online without Mom and/or Dad’s permission.
9. Never respond to any belligerent or suggestive contact or anything
that makes you feel uncomfortable. End such an experience by logging
off and tell Mom and/or Dad as soon as possible.
10. Always tell Mom and/or Dad about something you saw, intentionally
or unintentionally, that is upsetting. (It is better for your child’s mental
health to be able to discuss exposure to pornography than for it to
become a dark and confusing secret.)
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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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CYPRESS ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES (CAM)
BEGINS CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW FACILITY
Cypress Assistance Ministries (CAM), a local nonprofit organization
serving northwest Harris County, recently began construction of a new
21,000 square foot facility located at 12930 Cypress N Houston Road.
CAM’s new building will provide much needed additional capacity,
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CAM has been serving members of the community in crisis for over 30
years, addressing the many issues that accompany a lack of financial
resources, language barriers and unemployment. Emergency situations
arise through a multitude of reasons - loss of a job, illness, divorce, natural
disaster and recently with the onset of COVID-19. When a crisis hits is when
CAM steps in, providing a much-needed helping hand with rent, food,
utilities, employment services, adult education and through seasonal
programs at Christmas, back to school time, Easter and Thanksgiving.
Construction of the new facility allows for the potential future expansion
of programs and the streamlining of current programs. “A new facility will
position CAM to better serve the community,” said Martha Burnes, CAM’s
Executive Director. “With our ability to design the space more efficiently,
people coming to CAM can access all programs in one area, reducing the
time they spend seeking assistance.”
Construction on the building is expected to be completed during
2021. The building was designed by J.A. Greene Construction Services
who will also be managing the construction. Allegiance Bank financed
construction of the structure. Project Manager is Michael Keavney,
President of Patrick & Wayde General Contractors. CAM is raising funds for
all fixtures, furniture and equipment in addition to the security system,
wiring for a phone and computer system and a generator.
“The support of such a generous community allows CAM to help those
who are financially the most fragile,” said Janet Ryan, CAM’s Director of
Development. “We are now asking our community members to help
CAM by donating to our Capital Campaign fund which will allow us to
purchase the needed phone system, computer infrastructure, security
system and furnishings such as classroom furniture. CAM also has naming
opportunities available to help with these expenses. And everyone has
the opportunity to purchase an engraved brick in honor of or in memory
of their loved ones, favorite organization, faith group, pet or business.”
Contact Janet at 281-815-0162 or email@example.com for more
information on how you can help.
“This is an exciting time not only for CAM but for our community,” said
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expand our programs and better serve our neighbors who are struggling.
We are so thankful for the opportunity to reduce operating expenses
while increasing our ability to help others.”
To learn more about CAM visit www.cypressassistance.org.
CYPRESS ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES (CAM)
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It’s definitely a bittersweet milestone. In mid-November, Cypress
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food this year, far surpassing the amount of food needed at any time in
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Ryan, Director of Development for CAM. “Thanks to the generosity of
local people, churches, businesses and organizations along with the time
investment of our dedicated volunteers, we’ve been able to provide that
needed helping hand to families who are struggling.”
Since the end of March, a drive-up distribution method has been in effect
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More than 25,000 people have relied on CAM during this time to have
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COMMON VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES
As we embark on the journey each day to eat and live better, take note of
the common vitamin nutrient deficiencies that are easily treated:
1. Calcium: Calcium is important for maintaining strong bones and
controlling muscle and nerve function. Signs of severely low calcium
include fatigue, muscle cramps, abnormal heart rhythms and a poor
appetite. Make sure you’re getting enough with at least three servings of
milk or yogurt a day. Other good sources of calcium are cheese, calciumfortified
orange juice and dark, leafy greens.
2. Vitamin D: This vitamin is also critical for bone health. Symptoms
of a vitamin D deficiency can be vague - fatigue and muscle aches or
weakness. If it goes on long term, a vitamin D deficiency can lead to
softening of the bones. To get enough vitamin D, have three servings
of fortified milk or yogurt daily eating fatty fish, such as salmon or tuna,
twice a week; and spend some time outside in the sunshine every day.
3. Potassium: Potassium helps the kidneys, heart and other organs
work properly. You could become low in potassium in the short term
because of diarrhea or vomiting, excessive sweating or antibiotics or
because of chronic conditions such as eating disorders and kidney
disease, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Symptoms of
a deficiency include weight loss, muscle weakness, constipation and in
severe cases, an abnormal heart rhythm. For natural potassium sources,
consume bananas, whole grains, milk, vegetables, beans and peas.
4. Iron: Iron helps your body make red blood cells. When iron levels get
too low, your body can’t effectively carry oxygen. The resulting anemia
can cause fatigue. You might also notice pale skin and dull, thin, sparse
hair. To boost iron levels, eat iron-fortified cereal, beef, oysters, beans
(especially white beans, chickpeas and kidney beans), lentils and spinach.
5. Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 aids the production of DNA and helps make
neurotransmitters in the brain. With an increasing number of vegans
and people who’ve had weight loss surgery, vitamin B12 deficiency is
becoming more common. Symptoms of severe B12 deficiency include
numbness in the legs, hands or feet; problems with walking and balance;
anemia; fatigue; weakness; a swollen, inflamed tongue; memory loss;
paranoia; and hallucinations. You can get vitamin B12 from animal
sources: eat more fish, chicken, milk and yogurt. If you’re vegan, opt for
vegan foods fortified with B12, such as non-dairy milk, meat substitutes
and breakfast cereals.
6. Folate: Folate or folic acid, is a particularly important vitamin for
women of childbearing age, which is why prenatal vitamins contain such
a hefty dose. A folate deficiency can cause a decrease in the total number
of cells and large red blood cells as well as neural tube defects in an
unborn child. Symptoms of a folate deficiency include fatigue, gray hair,
mouth ulcers, poor growth and a swollen tongue. To get folate from food,
go for fortified cereals, beans, lentils, leafy greens and oranges.
7. Magnesium: Magnesium helps support bone health and assists in
energy production. Magnesium deficiency can cause loss of appetite,
nausea and vomiting, fatigue and weakness. In more severe cases, it can
lead to numbness, muscle cramps, seizures, abnormal heart rhythms,
personality changes or low potassium or calcium levels. To help your
levels return to normal, eat more magnesium-rich foods, such as almonds,
cashews, peanuts, spinach, black beans and edamame.
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EASY WAYS TO EAT MORE FRUITS & VEGGIES
The new food plate unveiled by the Department of Agriculture sends a
clear message: eat more fruits and vegetables. Here are easy ways to get
more of these important foods into your diet:
Start early: Get in the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables
a day by eating them early with your morning meal. Add a banana to
your cereal, berries to your yogurt, veggies to your omelet.
Make them visible: Set out a fruit bowl in the kitchen or have carrot
sticks available for snacking. Take some time to prepare the fruits or
vegetables, so they are ready to eat.
Frozen is good: Frozen vegetables, such as peas and carrots, are a great
way to make sure you always have vegetables in the house.
At mealtime, think of the veggies first, not the protein: Half of your
plate needs to be filled with fruits and vegetables. Base your meals on
what vegetables you’ll have and then think of the grains and protein to
go with it.
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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Martin Luther King, Jr., an American clergyman and Nobel Prize
winner was one of the principal leaders of the American civil rights
movement and a prominent advocate of nonviolent protest. King’s
challenges to segregation and racial discrimination in the 1950s and
1960s helped convince many white Americans to support the cause
of civil rights in the United States. After his assassination in 1968, King
became a symbol of protest in the struggle for racial justice. In 1957,
King helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
(SCLC), an organization of black churches and ministers that aimed
to challenge racial segregation. As SCLC’s president, King became
the organization’s dominate personality and its primary intellectual
influence. He was responsible for much of the organization’s
fundraising, which he frequently conducted in conjunction with
preaching engagements in Northern churches. SCLC sought to
complement the NAACP’s legal efforts to dismantle segregation
through the courts, with King and other SCLC leaders encouraging
the use of nonviolent direct action to protest discrimination. These
activities included marches, demonstrations and boycotts.
“I Have a Dream” - King and other black leaders organized the 1963
March on Washington, a massive protest in Washington, D.C. for
jobs and civil rights. On August 28, 1963, King delivered the keynote
address to an audience of more than 200,000 civil rights supporters.
His “I Have a Dream” speech expressed the hopes of the civil rights
movement in oratory as moving as any in American history. After
his death, King came to represent black courage and achievement,
high moral leadership and the ability of Americans to address and
overcome racial divisions. Perhaps the most important memorial
is the national holiday in King’s honor, designated by the Congress
of the United States in 1983 and observed on the third Monday in
January, a day that falls on or near King’s birthday of January 15 th .
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O’Brien and Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. The Lunch Sponsor
was Caldwell Companies and The Backyard Grill and Carl’s BBQ were the
The North Course winner was Raba Kistner, Inc., shooting a 17-underpar
score of 55. Team members were Scott Blank, John Baker, Chad Thoe
and Chuck Shelton. The North Course Longest Drive winner was Thomas
Glover with Hightower Electric Company LTD and the Closest to the Pin
winner was Will Rose with Adam & Bing, P.C.
The South Course winner was Natex Architects, shooting a 19-under-par
score of 53. Team members were Dale Songy, Sergio Weitzman, Robert
Machi and Michelle Freck. The South Course Longest Drive winner was
Anthony Snipes with J.P. Morgan Securities and the Closest to the Pin
winner was Wade Bradow with Caldwell Companies.
Terry Rasmussen of Edgenuity was the Putting Contest winner.
CFISD STUDENTS RECOGNIZED IN
SUPERINTENDENT HOLIDAY CARD CONTEST
Students from Fiest Elementary School, Spillane Middle School and
Cypress Lakes High School placed first in the annual Superintendent
Holiday Card Contest, as their designs were selected from more than 265
entries across 78 CFISD campuses.
CFISD Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry and associate superintendents
served as jurors for the contest, designating a winner for each grade level
and choosing the top three honorees at the elementary, middle and high
school level from the “Best in Grade” winners.
In the elementary school category, Fiest Elementary School third grade
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student Emma Marshall placed first with her color pencil/paint card titled
“Snowy Holiday.” Wells Elementary School fourth grade student Ivana
Welch finished second and Wilson Elementary School kindergarten
student Anett Huerta placed third.
In the middle school category, Spillane Middle School eighth grade
student Christopher Soliman finished first with his color pencil piece
titled “Brightest Light.” Spillane seventh grade student Carla Salcedo
Cano was the runner-up and Salyards Middle School sixth grade student
Daniel Valdez Gonzalez placed third.
In the high school category, Cypress Lakes High School freshman Caleb
Weaver earned first place for his color pencil piece titled “Secret Santa.”
Cypress Woods High School senior Kylie Thomas placed second and
Bridgeland High School sophomore Jacob Lemos placed third.
In addition to the top three honorees at the elementary, middle and high
school level, the following students were recognized as Best in Grade
Jade Lane - Pope Elementary School
Evalyn Joseph - Pope
Peyton Bisel - Black Elementary School
Esperanza Rodriguez - Cypress Ridge High School
Visit the Season’s Greeting page on the CFISD website to view all the
NATIONAL BLOOD DONOR MONTH
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resolve to give blood regularly, beginning in January with National
Blood Donor Month. Below are key messages that can be relayed to
donors while scheduling appointments.
• Extreme winter weather in some parts of the country and seasonal
illnesses often make it difficult for the American Red Cross to maintain a
sufficient blood supply at this time of year. Healthy individuals are urged
to give now.
• The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations every day
for patients in need.
• Do you know someone who has never donated before? Please encourage
them to make an appointment with you. Without more donors, patients
will not have the blood they need.
• Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency
personnel reach for in trauma situations when there isn’t time to
determine a patient’s blood type.
• Type O positive is the most transfused blood type and can be transfused
to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.
• Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or
• Save time by using RapidPass® to complete your pre-donation reading
and health history online before you come to your appointment. Get
started at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or by using the Blood Donor
• For detailed donor eligibility questions, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-
800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org.
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You could make this on National Spaghetti Day January 4th!
1 (8 ounce) package spaghetti, broken into 2-inch pieces
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup milk
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1 (16 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
4 ounces pepperoni sausage, sliced (or other toppings if preferred)
Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch
baking dish. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti
and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water.
Combine egg, milk, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese, salt and garlic salt in a
large bowl. Stir in cooked spaghetti; mix well. Spread mixture into prepared
baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and
reduce temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Spread sauce over spaghetti. Sprinkle with oregano, basil and the remaining
1 1/2 cups mozzarella. Top with pepperoni, return to oven and bake until
cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown, about 30 minutes more. Let stand
5 minutes before cutting.
Source: allrecipes.com, Submitted by: Kathy
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
You could make this on National Peanut Butter Day January 24th!
1 (9 inch) prepared chocolate cookie crumb crust
1 cup butter, softened
8 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
Melt 6 ounces semi sweet chocolate and cool to room temperature. Beat
the eggs with 3/4 cup butter or margarine, chocolate and confectioners’
sugar for a FULL 5 minutes. Mixture will be thick and smooth.
In a separate bowl, beat the peanut butter, 1/4 cup butter, and cream.
Spoon chocolate filling into crust. Swirl peanut butter filling into
chocolate filling. Drizzle remaining 2 oz of melted chocolate on top of
pie. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and serve.
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Gardening Tips For January
• Birds: Provide food and fresh water. More birds die from lack of water
than from lack of food.
• Cacti: Semi-dormant now. Reduce watering.
• Camellias: Plants may be moved. Pick up and discard fallen blooms.
• Cultivation: Changes in design may now be made, new beds dug and
old ones rebuilt. Correct defects in drainage. Incorporate gypsum into
heavy soils: repeat in three weeks. Dig granite dust, rock phosphate
and quantities of organic matter into soil. Allow time for settling before
• Fertilize: Daylilies, spuria, Louisiana and bearded irises with complete
fertilizer. Give strawberries 1 teaspoon ammonium sulfate, keeping six
inches away from plant. Fertilize pansies with manure tea or blood meal.
• Fruits: Plant fruit trees. Mulch figs with grass or straw to prevent freeze
damage to crown.
• House Plants: Water, when surface soil is crumbly dry. Wash dust off
leaves to open pores. Mist often. Inspect for diseases and insects. Reduce
water for poinsettias.
• Lawns: Remove thatch aerate, and feed with low nitrogen mixture.
• Pests: For petal blight prevention, spray azaleas and camellias as
flowers open. Spray for scale with dormant oil solution if temperature
will be above 35˚ and below 85˚ for next 48 hours. Always read and heed
manufacturer’s directions before spraying.
• Propagation: Ivy cuttings root easily this month and next. Root cuttings
of shrubs in mixture of loam and coarse sand; keep damp and semishaded
• Prune: Fruit trees in advance of new growth. Prune to groom and shape.
Do not remove too much. Remove dead wood from trees and shrubs
before spring buds swell, but do not prune spring bloomers. Prune crape
myrtles. Prune nandina and others of similar growth habit by cutting
unwanted canes out at base of plant.
• Roses: Annual pruning about the middle of February, just before the
spring buds break. To prevent later appearance of disease in the old beds,
keep garden clean of debris and weeds. Complete preparation of new
beds for roses.
• Transplanting: January is one of the best months to transplant woody
plants, both evergreen and deciduous, especially trees. Energy will be
expended on roots instead of foliage. Learn ultimate size and cultural
needs of tree or plant before buying. Consider dwarf varieties to avoid
crowding later. Group plants of similar cultural needs. Do not work wet
soil. Assure good drainage. Keep plants moist.
• Vegetables: Prepare beds, preferably raised for drainage, with about
50% humus, including rotted manure.
• Winter Protection: Expect freeze any time; plan for protection of tender
plants. Water. Remove coverings, particularly plastic, when temperature
rises. Protect low plants with dry leaves, pine needles or soil mulch, but
remove when weather warms.
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25 WAYS TO SNEAK IN
MORE EXERCISE EVERY DAY
One of the TOP New Year resolutions: exercise more! Here
are some ways to help incorporate exercise into your daily
1. Make your bed every morning.
2. Do 10 push-ups every morning.
3. Squat while you brush your teeth.
4. Park farther than you need to.
5. Clean your office.
6. Take the stairs.
7. Exercise on the job.
8. Do your own filing/copying/coffee-fetching.
9. Switch your office chair for a stability ball.
10. Schedule a daily walk break at work.
11. Take calls standing up.
12. Skip the inter-office mail and walk it over.
13. Suggest walk meetings.
14. Practice isometrics.
15. Reorganize your office or home.
16. Go on walking/biking errands.
17. Do the grocery shopping.
18. Make your own food.
19. Hand-wash dishes.
20. Keep your yoga mat/weights/kettlebell by the TV.
21. Clean your home.
22. Wash your own vehicle.
23. Play with children.
Courtesy of: www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/25-ways-tosneak-in-more-exercise-every-day/
POPULAR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
• Drink Less Alcohol
• Eat Right
• Get a Better Education
• Get a Better Job
• Get Fit
• Lose Weight
• Quit Smoking Now
• Reduce Stress On-the-Job
• Reduce Stress Overall
• Save Money
• Take a Trip
• Volunteer to Help Others
To love yourself means to respect and appreciate yourself as you are and to come to
terms with those aspects of yourself that you can’t change - the aspects that make
you unique. It means allowing yourself to drop the conditions that you have created
to love yourself like, “I will love myself once I…” and simply choose to embrace the
good and the bad, the mistakes and the triumphs.
Loving yourself isn’t a one-time thing, but an endless, ongoing process that starts
with realizing that it’s not about discovering self-love; it’s about tearing down the
walls you’ve built against it. Below are 6 ways to learn to love yourself more:
1. Focus on the things you like about yourself
2. Make time to do the things you enjoy
3. Let go of mistakes and embrace the past
4. Appreciate your life
5. Get out of your comfort zone
6. Take care of your body!
Courtesy of: www.recoverywarriors.com/6-simple-ways-to-love-yourself-more
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