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LAUREL CREEK June 2015

LAUREL CREEK

Official Newsletter of the Residents of Laurel Creek

Volume 2, Issue 6

Dear Laurel Creek Residents, We are pleased to introduce ourselves as your new Management Company effective May 1, 2015. Established in 1993, Crest provides management services to over a hundred (100) associations throughout Harris, Fort Bend and Galveston Counties. With a staff of 50 managers, accountants and support staff, Crest will coordinate the services of your community and provide expert and detailed attention to your needs. Crest is part of the elite group of community association management companies that have earned the Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC) designation from the Community Associations Institute. The AAMC designation demonstrates our commitment to professionalism, customer satisfaction, and continuing education. Crest strives to hire and maintain managers educated in Association Management. We focus on a team concept to ensure that the needs of each property owner and Board member are met on an individual basis. The team members dedicated to the Laurel Creek Neighborhood Association, Inc. are as follows: Jennifer Petras - Community Manager, 281-945-4655, Jennifer. [email protected] Ms. Petras should be contacted for maintenance items, contractor issues and Board requests. Courtney Chiodi - Assistant Manager, 281-945-4623, Courtney. [email protected] Ms. Chiodi should be contacted for deed restriction violations and architectural control matters. Dianne Broyles - Community Accountant, 281-945-4619, Dianne. [email protected] Ms. Broyles should be contacted for payment and accounting matters. We can be reached at 281-579-0761 Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If for some reason we are out of the office or unavailable; your phone call will be returned within 24 hours. We look forward to working with each of you! Sincerely, Carolyn Bonds, CEO, PCAM, Crest Management Company AAMC Bill Higgins, Vice President, CMCA, Crest Management Company AAMC

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LAUREL CREEK COMMUNITY CONTACTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ann Murphree......................................................... President Kristah Slate......................................................Vice President Linda Porras-Pirtle....................................................Secretary Jonathan Deluca........................................................Treasurer Greg Mangess............................................... Director at Large To reach a Board Member, please email [email protected]

NEWSLETTER INFO

Barking Dogs If your dog is frequently outside in your yard for several hours, please ensure that your dog does not bark incessantly. Noise caused by barking dogs can be a source of stress and impact one's health and relationship with your neighbors. Noise pollution is proven to cause heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke, is a general threat to health and wellness and impacts the quality of sleep by disrupting sleep cycles. Chronic stress can lower your immunity to all diseases.

EDITOR Roxanne Martinez............................ [email protected] ......................................................................832.678.4500 Erica [email protected].com NEWSLETTER PUBLISHER Peel, Inc........................... 888-687-6444, www.PEELinc.com Advertising.................................... [email protected]

IMPORTANT NUMBERS Crest Management ............................... [email protected] Association Manager Jennifer Petras.................................. [email protected] Call Before You Dig ................................................................ 1.800.DIG.TESS ...................................................................1.800.344.8377 Street Light Outage www.centerpointenergy.com (Have light number) ......................................................................713.207.2222 Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Service ............................................. http://records.txdps.state.tx.us Police Information If you witness a crime or suspicious activity call Pct. 4 Constable

......................................................... 281.376.3472 or 911 Cy Fair Volunteer Dept. (Ambulance) ........................................ (Non-emergency) 713.466.6151 Poison Center ...................................................................1.800.222.1222

Please remember: We do not live in the City of Houston but in Harris County. Inform the emergency operator of this to assure a more prompt response.

Street Light Outages Centerpoint...................................................713.207.2222 .............................................. www.centerpoint.com/outage

You will need the 6 digit from the pole

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LEASH LAWS

FOR HARRIS COUNTY Your pet must be on a leash while off your property. Please be a responsible pet owner and pick up after your pet.

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SUMMER Celebration

Laurel Creek Water Wars Community Event When: Friday, June 5th at 7 pm Where: At the Gazebo Park Bring your water guns, towels, and lawn chairs!  Prepare to get wet and have a blast with your neighborhood friends!

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Exterior Improvements

Article Submission Any Laurel Creek resident may submit articles for the Peel newsletter.  Articles may be submitted to Sterling by the 5th of each month for inclusion in the newsletter for the following month. All articles are subject to review.

Because Laurel Creek is a Deed Restricted Community, any changes that you wish to make to the exterior of your home must first be approved by the Architectural Control Committee (ACC). This includes roofing, decks, swimming pools, fence replacement, painting – even if you are re-painting using the same color, tree removal, door re-staining, etc. For a complete list, or if you have any questions about a planned project, please contact Sterling at 832678-4500. Exterior Improvement Application forms are available online at Sterling’s website at www.sterlingasi.com. The ACC members are volunteers who act as quickly as possible to review each application; however please remember that they have 60 days to render a decision. Please do not start any work until you have received written approval from Sterling.

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The Benefits of Hosting Span Borders Traveling the world and experiencing new cultures is something many dream of but few are able to do. Hosting an Ayusa exchange student provides the opportunity to experience the world while bringing other benefits to their family and local community. For schools, opening their doors to an exchange student provides their students the opportunity to experience new cultures and expand their understanding of the global society. Not only will students be able to expand their circle of friends, they will be able to reference different perspectives of world events. The new perspectives that both local and exchange students gain through the exchange experience are invaluable for the ever-expanding global community. Ayusa exchange students are eager to learn and participate in school and community programs. They take their role as ambassadors for their country seriously. Ayusa students are not simply bystanders to their program year; they are active participants looking to make a difference in their host school and community. Aysua exchange students are strong academic performers, wellrounded, and open-minded. Prospective students go through an extensive interview process in their home countries and are

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evaluated for maturity, strength of goals, leadership skills, and academic background. Ayusa honors all school enrollment standards, academic requirements and student placement criteria specified in school or district policies. Host families also reap the benefits of opening their home by sharing their America. When they share with their exchange student, they are also able to see America with fresh eyes through the student. Families often learn new things about the U.S. and have different perspectives after hosting. The experiences and memories that are shared during the program last a lifetime and span international borders. For more information about hosting a high school foreign exchange student, please contact your local representative Vicki Odom at 832.455.7881 or [email protected] or Ayusa at 1.888.552.9872 or by visiting the website at www.ayusa.org. ABOUT AYUSA Ayusa is a non-profit educational organization that promotes global learning and leadership through foreign exchange and leadership program programs for high school students from around the world. Ayusa offers unique, richly personal cross-cultural experiences for students, volunteer host families, schools, and local communities.

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Summer Cross Country Training for Kids The Northwest Flyers Youth Cross Country Team is now registering for summer training in preparation for the fall cross country season. Boys and girls ages 6 – 18 may participate. For information contact: Coach Eric Wentworth at [email protected] gmail.com or 281-961-6603; Coach Scott Basinger at [email protected] or 713-855-8555. Website is www. northwestflyers.org.

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NOBODY IS DROWNPROOF WATCH & KEEP KIDS IN ARM’S REACH www.colinshope.org

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THESE TIPS CAN SAVE LIVES CONSTANT VISUAL SUPERVISION

LEARN TO SWIM

WEAR LIFE JACKETS

MULTIPLE BARRIERS AROUND WATER

KEEP YOUR HOME SAFER

CHECK WATER SOURCES FIRST

PRACTICE DRAIN SAFETY

BE SAFER IN OPEN WATER

LEARN CPR

LEARN MORE: www.colinshope.org/RESOURCES DROWNING IS THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH FOR CHILDREN UNDER FIVE, AND A LEADING CAUSE FOR CHILDREN AGES 1 - 14.

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Children under the age of five are often at highest risk.

13 Texas children have already lost their lives to drowning in 2015

DROWNING IS PREVENTABLE

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