Committee Westchester RAP
Board of Trustees October 2009
Robin Motley, 281-579-0761x624 WOC Needs Your Help
Craig Parks, 281-497-7239 The WOC Board of Trustee’s and the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) are
Craig.Parks@att.net working hard to maintain the attractive appearance and appeal of our neighborhood in
order to promote continued value appreciation of our homes. To be most effective we
Jerry Ramos, 281-531-5952 need everyone’s help!
firstname.lastname@example.org Many violations result from homeowners lack of knowledge of the deed restric-
Treasurer tions. We encourage every resident to go to the our website westchesterhouston.org
Bonnie Tyndall, 281-497-4940 and become familiar with the deed restrictions and ACC Guidelines.
email@example.com It is the responsibility of each homeowner to know the deed restrictions and the
Patrol ACC guidelines and insure that they are in compliance with both. By being knowl-
Carroll Satterfield, 281-493-3136 edgeable and following them you do your part to help cut down on the number if vio-
firstname.lastname@example.org lations which must be attended too and you help to maintain the appearance and safety
Legal of our neighborhood.
Clay Roth, 713-840-6676 One deed restriction that is routinely violated is Article IV Section 8’s prohibition
email@example.com on contractor’s parking of trailers over night in front of a residence. In addition to de-
Sanitation/Mosquito Control tracting from the appearance of the neighborhood, the parking of trailers is also a
John DeFilippo, 281-493-9899 safety hazard. Trailers are hard for drivers to see around and kids can be easily ob-
firstname.lastname@example.org scured by them creating a real hazard.
Joe Barber, 281-236-4363 If everyone will see to it that their contractors are adhering to this restriction we
jb@CodeZQR.com all will be able to enjoy a safer and more attractive neighborhood. Thanks.
Bob Ferguson, 281-493-6402
Robin Foster, 281-759-7567
John LeaRussa, 281-531-7971
Swim /Tennis Membership
Dawn Dudley, 281-870-8576
Myra Lewis, 281-870-9808
Ming Su, 281-531-1587
Joe Smith, 281-496-9346
Clay Roth, 713-840-6676
Bill Hopkins, 281-497-7937
October Yard of the Month
www.westchesterhouston.org 14747 Quail Grove
Mark & Michelle Barrett
W/NFVIII Women’s Club Westchester / Nottingham Forest VIII
Chairman Women’s Club News
Linda Rapp, 281-558-4652
Treasurer Our new directories are out, and they are beautiful! Thanks to Carol
Allison Easton, 281-597-1252 Litzman and Karla Gjertsen for doing a wonderful job, and to Sue Steinbis
email@example.com for lining up our sponsors. Thanks, to our members (over 170!) and our
Project Disbursements / Ads / sponsors for their support, enabling our neighborhood club to keep going
Lunch Bunch strong and giving back to our community each year.
Sue Steinbis, 281-496-2482 If you joined the club this year and have not yet received your new di-
rectory, contact Carol Litzman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-589-2595. If
you'd like to join, it's never too late! Bring your $15 check (made out to W/
Advisors NFVIII Women's Club) to Allison Easton, 14903 Broadgreen, and put it in
Myra Lewis, 281-870-9808 the box on her porch. You'll also find membership forms in the box.
Sue Steinbis, 281-496-2482
Moms and Moms-to-Be October Coffee
Ruth Parks, 281-497-7239 Plan to come to our next neighborhood coffee on Friday, October 16, to
email@example.com chat and snack. Gail Baragar is opening her home at 14723 Kellywood for
Pool Marquee all neighbors to drop in between 10 A.M. and 11:30. We hope you'll stop
Myra Lewis, 281-870-9808 by! If you can bring a plate of fruit or goodies, let Linda Rapp know at
firstname.lastname@example.org 281-558-4652 or GERapp@aol.com.
Corresponding Secretary Halloween Treat
Ann Didion, 281-558-6316
Directory Carol Litzman is planning a “terror-ific” Potluck Lunch, but we prom-
Karla Gjertsen, 281-752-4565 ise, it won’t be too scary, just a good time to be together. Drop by to taste
some of our "witches' brew" on Thursday, October 29, from 12-2 p.m. at
email@example.com 14722 Carolcrest. Please call or e-mail Carol (281-589-2595 or litz-
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) to let her know that you’re coming and what you can contrib-
Robin Foster, 281-759-7567 ute to our informal luncheon. So, come enjoy the fun!
Yard of the Month Fun Girlfriend Time! Glamor Shot Outing
& Holiday Decorations Make Friday, November 13th your lucky day: enjoy a makeover
Sharon Standefer, 281-752-4433 and light lunch, receive a beautiful 5x7 professional photo by "Remember
Art to Lunch When Photography" all for $12 during our outing to the Mary Kay Studio,
Cynthia Weir, 281-531-6757 11301 Richmond (between Kirkwood and Wilcrest) from 9:45 to 1:00.
Linda Rapp, 281-558-4652 Reservations are needed. Please contact Lilac Gallery at email@example.com
or 281-558-4226. Let her know if you'd like to carpool.
Cornelius’ Timely Tip for October
Did you know that fall is one of the best times to plant trees, shrubs and perennials? Nursery stock planted now al-
lows for roots to settle in and become established. When spring arrives, this root system can support and take full advan-
tage of the surge of new growth. Fresh nursery stock is arriving daily so, stop by and take advantage of the selection
available and this wonderful time of the year to work outdoors!
Once again, we have received heirloom bulbs from The Southern Bulb Company. Chris Wiesinger, aka “The Bulb
Hunter,” searches the Texas countryside to gather and preserve the “lost and forgotten” varieties; he then propagates and
reintroduces them back to the home gardener. Our collection of Fall bulbs (plant these now for Spring blooms) include,
the Red Spider Lily, ‘Gold Dawn’ Narcissus and ‘Snowflake’ Leucojum. These varieties, in addition to several others
available, are full-sized bulbs and are grown from historic stock. We will also be receiving Tulip bulbs which are suited
for Texas gardens-they require no refrigeration or digging up each year!
The Fall season has so much to offer in the garden! Visit www.mytexasgarden.com for more fun ideas and activities!
By Mary Anne Fried
The clippings from your freshly mowed lawn are chock full of nutrients. So don’t throw them away!! Buy a mulch-
ing mower blade to replace your current blade and you won’t have to bag your clippings!
A mulching blade will allow you to leave the clippings on the lawn where they’ll feed your grass all over again.
(Your finished lawn will look just like it does when you use a regular blade.) Over the course of a season, you can return
enough nitrogen to your lawn to equal an additional fertilizer application. And you don’t have to buy plastic bags and
throw bags of grass into the landfill!
When fall rolls around, most of your leaves can be mulched too; if you run the mower over them weekly instead of
raking and bagging the leaves.
Doing this one simple thing; buying a mulching mower blade or asking your lawn service to use one, saves the envi-
ronment and your wallet.
Update On Prohibited Yard Parking Program
The Westchester Owners Committee’s application to the Houston Planning and Development Department to estab-
lish a Prohibited Yard Parking Requirement Area (Section 28-303 of the Code of Ordinances) within the subdivision is
still under review, and it may be later this month before we learn if it has been accepted.
If the application is accepted, residents will have 20 days to submit written protests against establishing a Prohibited
Yard Parking Program for our neighborhood. Notice of the protest period will be made with signs posted at entry points
to the neighborhood and online at the neighborhood Web site, www.westchesterhouston.org if the application is ac-
The program would prohibit homeowners from parking vehicles on unimproved front and side yards. If established
in Westchester, violations in the Prohibited Yard Parking Requirement Area would be a misdemeanor, and violators
could receive a fine up to $150 a day.
For more information, contact WOC Community Relations Chairperson Robin Foster at 281-759-7567 or
firstname.lastname@example.org or the Houston Planning and Development Department at 713-837-7880.
Mom’s Club News
This fall the Moms Group will meet at least once a month during the week and once a month on a Saturday for play
dates for all ages and once a month for Moms Night Out Dinner. The dates for October are:
Lunch at the Playground – Friday, October 2, Noon at the St. John Vianney Playground. This is a great enclosed play-
ground perfect for little ones. Bring your lunches and let’s meet for a play date.
Saturday Morning Play date – Saturday, October 17, 10:00 am at Nottingham Elementary Playground. We will meet
at the elementary school playground so big brothers and sisters can come along too!
Moms Night Out Dinner – Thursday October 22, 7:00 pm, location to be announced. Check out Big Tent for the lat-
Family Halloween Party - To be determined and posted on Big Tent soon.
If you would like to be added to the Moms Group e-mail list, please contact Ruth Parks 281-497-7239 or ruth-
email@example.com or Kristin Anthony at Kristin.M.Anthony@abc.com. Moms group is a great way to meet people in our
neighborhood with preschool aged kids. We are a very casual group and all are welcome to join. Dads and expectant
mothers are welcome to join too.
Security Update Reminders
There has been some vandalism to cars parked on Heavy Trash Pickup is every Friday — Please move your
streets in and around Westchester lately. One incident heavy trash items to the curb on Thursday evening or
involved tires being slashed on several cars. This is Friday morning.
another good reminder of why it is important to park The next meeting of the WOC Board will be held on
in your driveway and not on the street. Tuesday September 15 at 7:00 pm in Room E-9 at St. John
Vianney All homeowners are encouraged to attend.
New HPD Crime Monitoring Site
The Houston Police Department has launched the
first phase of a new interactive crime tool for citizens Constable – 281-463-6666
http://mycity.houstontx.gov/crime/. The goal of this Republic Waste – 281-446-2030
new crime statistics website is to keep citizens in- Cypress Creek Pest Control – 281-469-2679
formed of crime occurring in areas where they live __________________________________________
and work and to help HPD in solving crimes.
Users can track and map crime trends in neighbor- RAP feedback and ideas for improvement are welcome.
hoods throughout the city. Search for crime incidents, Written submissions are due by the 20th of each month.
occurring as far back as 30 days or as recent as within Send to Joe Barber by e-mail at jb@CodeZQR.com.
the last 24 hours.