News from Grogan's Mill Village Association
Grogan's Mill Village Association Newsletter August 14, 2006
in this issue
-- Purchase of the WAC Turned Down By the Woodlands Recreation Center Board of Directors
-- See an Astros Game with Other Residents
-- Woodlands Governance -should we be a city or a special purpose district?
-- Traffic on Maple Branch - continuing to look for a solution
-- Glen Mill Sound Wall
-- Community Associations Academy
-- The Friendship Center Needs Meals-on-Wheels Volunteers
-- National Night Out was August 1
-- Meet Manny Bekiri of Brothers Pizza


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Purchase of the WAC Turned Down By the Woodlands Recreation Center Board of Directors
In a letter dated July 26, Don Norrell, General Manger of the Community Association of the Woodlands, advised the GMVA that they would not pursue the option of purchasing the WAC at this time. The letter did not give any reasons for their decision and we have asked them to explain why they made this decision. We hope they will respond at our meeting on August 21.

At the GMVA meeting on August 21 we will be discussing other alternatives to keep the WAC open such as working with the YMCA, Bally's and other groups at the WAC such as the dive team.

August 21 Agenda

See an Astros Game with Other Residents
On Saturday, September 23, GMVA along with other Village Associations will be providing a bus to take GMV residents to the Astros night game (6pm) with the St. Louis Cardinals. Tickets are priced at $11; the bus is free. The bus will leave the GM Village Center at 4:30 pm.

This is the sixth year for this activity and tickets go fast. Contact Joe Giovanniello at (281) 363-2698 to purchase your tickets

Woodlands Governance -should we be a city or a special purpose district?
The Woodlands governance process is coming to a critical stage. It is important that residents become involved and make their opinions known to the leaders of the community and how they want them to proceed. To assist you we will be having a wide ranging discussion of the two options now being considered by the Governance Committee. We will be discussing how and why these alternatives were chosen, who the players in the game are and what you can do to make sure that you end up with what you want in your future. Gail Carney, one the Village Associations representatives to the GSC, has been asked to attend and discuss the alternatives.

Traffic on Maple Branch - continuing to look for a solution
The GMVA has sent a letter to all branches of local law enforcement and the precinct commissioner asking them to "think outside the box" in finding solutions. Resident Jim Upham and GM board member Franklin Palmer have found interesting information on what other communities are doing and have forwarded it the interested parties. If you're interested in finding out more about what can be done visit our Web site and find out about 'speed humps'.

Glen Mill Sound Wall
At their meeting on August 9th, the WCA agreed to continue to move forward in pressing TxDOT to accept a noise absorptive noise wall. The President of the Sound Fighters, the wall's manufacturers, made a presentation at the WCA meeting. When the Community Association receives approval for the wall, the GMVA will do a survey of the residents on Deerfoot Circle to let them know what is happening and their reaction to the proposed wall. Information on this type of wall can be found at htt p://


Community Associations Academy
The Community Associations of The Woodlands is now accepting applications for the Community Associations Academy, Class of 2006. This program helps to educate current and future leaders in the community on how The Woodlands operates.

Sessions are generally held Tuesdays in October and November. The Class of 2006 will be limited to 25 people and selection will be made on the basis of established criteria as outlined in the Academy brochure and application.

Interested residents must submit their completed application and $30 registration fee, to be eligible for selection. Applications and informational brochures are available by contacting Audra Koester Thomas at 281.210.3800 or


The Friendship Center Needs Meals-on-Wheels Volunteers
The Friendship Center currently delivers between 280 and 325 hot meals Monday through Friday with the capacity of producing up to 360 meals daily. Each day's production is directly related to the number of volunteeers available for deliveries.

They are in critical need for drivers for regular routes througout Montgomery County. The commitment is as little as 90 minutes per week. Individual volunteer drivers are the backbone of the operation.

Please call Susan Bond, 281-292-6353, or email her at to sign up or inquire further.

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National Night Out was August 1
National Night Out The 23rd Annual National Night Out was celebrated on August 1 . Residents organized block parties and visited Sawmill Park to meet safety officials.


Meet Manny Bekiri of Brothers Pizza
Manny of Brothers Pizza The best pizza any where near here is at Brother's Pizzeria in the GM shopping center. Brother's has six stores including one in Sterling Ridge. The GM store is operated by Manny Bekiri (pictured here) who lives in Imperial Oaks, is married and has three daughters.

Brother's was founded by Manny's uncle Jimmy, who came to Houston in 1980 from Brooklyn, where he had been in the restaurant business. Over time the brothers and their families came to Houston and went into the restaurant business.

Brother's is a custom pizza shop with each pie made to order, they also do calzones, sandwiches and salads. They are one of the few stores where you can also buy wine and beer. Manny is going to remodel the interior of the store and is thinking of expanding the use of the terrace just outside.

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