August 22, 2008
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Grogan's Mill Village Association Newsletter

August 22, 2008

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in this issue
Sawmill Park Follow-up
New Safety Guidelines at Lamar Elementary
WCA Votes to Support Farmer's Market
See an Astros Game
Need Volunteers for Flea Market
Always Lock Your Vehicle
Grogan's Mill Sign to be Repaired
The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. Events
Farmer's Market to Return in the Fall
National Night Out in October
Help Make Your Newsletter Better
Cul-de-sac Contest Announced
Report Problems
Proposed Trolly Expansion
N-Style Specials
Recommendation
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Greetings!
 
Please consider organizing your block for the Cul-de-sac Contest.
 
We are interested in your concerns and comments. Please let us know what we should do to make Grogan's Mill a more vibrant community. Send your comments to: suggestions@gmva.org.
 
Pass It On: If you find this newsletter of value, please pass it on to your friends and neighbors.
Sawmill Park Follow-up 
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At the conclusion of the June 24th Park Watch Meeting held at Sawmill Park, the Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with other Community Association of The Woodlands Departments, worked to address the following issues: safety and security, especially on Sunday afternoon/evening, signage, trimming and pruning selected areas, and inspection of light timers.
 
Most, if not all, of the park maintenance items were rectified in the first two weeks after the meeting.  In regards to the safety and security of the park and park visitors, the Parks and Recreation Department worked with Park Rangers and Montgomery County Sheriffs Deputies to increase patrols.  Patrols were made at higher frequencies than an average village park with special attention being paid to Sunday afternoon and evening.  In addition, several staff members visited the park on the weekends to gather information on how the park was being used.  Overall, these patrols revealed normal or typical park use, with no outstanding park policy violations.  For the next few months we shall continue higher than normal Park Ranger patrols, especially on Sunday to monitor this situation.

If there are every any questions or if there is any way that the Parks and Recreation Department can be of assistance please do not hesitate to contact them.  If residents identify issues at the park, they can call 281-210-3900.  This number is answered 24/7. 
New Traffic Safety Guidelines for Lamar Elementary 
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Mary Jane Kirbo, the principal of Lamar Elementary School and her PTO president, Amy Halsey, met with concerned mothers and residents of the Glen Mill subdivision, along with representatives  from CISD police, Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner'sOffice, Grogan's Mill Village Association Board, and The Woodlands Community Association to discuss traffic safety at the school for the upcoming school year.
WCA Votes to Support the Farmer's Market
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The Woodlands Community Association voted to approve financial support to help sustain and grow the Farmer's Market for our community. 
See an Astros Game with the GMVA
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On Saturday, September 13, GMVA along with other Village Associations, will be providing a bus to take GMV residents to the Astro's night game (6pm) against the Chicago Cubs.  Tickets are priced at $13; the bus is free. This year the GMV bus will be shared with Panther Creek Village and will leave from the Panther Creek Village Center at 4:30 pm. Because we will only have 28 tickets available they will go fast.  Contact Joe Giovanniello at (281) 363-2698 to get your tickets.
The Woodlands Fall Flea Market - GM Needs Volunteers
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Tickets for booth spaces will go on sale Saturday, September 20, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., near Randall's Supermarket in the Panther Creek Village Center. Any booth tickets remaining after that date will be available at the Community Associations Building, 2201 Lake Woodlands Drive.  Booth prices are $50 for residents, $75 for non-residents and $100 for Commercial sellers.
 
The Woodlands Fall Flea Market will be Saturday, October 11, 7:00-10:00 a.m., at the Town Center Parking Garage.
 
Grogan's Mill needs 16 volunteers, 11 on the 4:30 a.m - 8 a.m. shift and 5 on the 8 a.m -11:30 shift.  Anyone willing to volunteer, please contact Virginia Dellinger at vdellinger@sbcglobal.net.   Bonus:  The volunteers on the early shift get first chance to view and buy the items for sale before the masses of buyers enter the garage!!  
Always Lock Your Vehicle 
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Burglaries of unoccupied vehicles have increased significantly in Grogan's Mill last month. In all instances, the cars were unlocked.  This is a crime of opportunity that can be avoided by locking cars at all times, even if they are in a resident's driveway. 
Grogan's Mill Sign at High Oaks and Sawdust
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The sign has been ordered but the contractor has not delivered as timely as agreed.  The Parks Department is aggressively following up with the contractor.  We will continue to report on this situation.
Upcoming The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. Events
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Walk-in-the-Woods will be Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 7:30pm at              L.G.I. Hall of McCullough Junior High School, 3800 S. Panther Creek Dr., The Woodlands.  The topic is How to Reduce the Size of Your Lawn With Brenda Beust Smith, The Lazy Gardener Author and Columnist for Houston Chronicle
 
Green Investing at 7pm, Monday, Sept 15th, at the Shenandoah City Hall complex, 29955 I-45 North with Ann Baker Ronn and Stephanie Edwards-Musa. Get up to date on trends in green and socially responsible investing, including stocks, alternative investments, and real estate.
Farmer's Market Will Return for a Fall Season 
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The Grogan's Mill Village Association thanks all of the loyal supporters of our first Grogan's Mill Farmer's Market that just concluded the Spring season. 
 
We will be returning in the Fall, in our same location, starting on Saturday, October 4th and running for the next 10 weeks, ending on Saturday, December 6th.  Hours will remain 8 AM to 12 Noon. 
 
Again, we appreciate all of you coming out to our initial Farmer's Market and look forward to seeing you again in the Fall.
National Night Out
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National Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday, October 7th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Grogan's Mill Village Center.  There will be ID the Burglar Contest, Refreshments, Drawing for Prizes and Giveaways as well as Public Safety personnel and community leaders present.  Please join us for National Night Out
Tell Us What You Want to See
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WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE IN OUR NEWSLETTER AND ON OUR WEB SITE. Please let us know what you want to see in the newsletter. List of resident recommended service providers, invitations to join food co-ops, help wanted ads, lists of baby sitters recommended by residents, comments on the political situation in the Woodlands. Would you like to meet the store owners and managers at the shopping center? Let us know by sending your suggestions to suggestions@gmva.org.
Cul-de-sac Contest Announced 
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In Grogan's Mill we have over 200 cul-de-sacs. A few of them are known as super cul-de-sacs, which are generally found at the entrance to subdivisions and are maintained by the Community Association from your assessment dollars.  The vast majority, such as those found at the end of streets, have been deeded to the county as part of the right-of-way, and are not maintained unless it is by the home owners on the street.  While some of these cul-de-sacs are well maintained most are neglected and do nothing to improve home values - these are the ORPHANS.  
 
The Grogan's Mill Village Association is asking residents to take action and get involved in long-term cul-de-sac maintenance programs. The association has established a Cul-De-Sac Revitalization Contest which will start this year and culminate in 2009. A prize of $100.00 will be awarded to the winning cul-de-sac. An entry form and brief guidelines for the contest are posted on the GMVA Web site. After an entry form is received the applicant will be contacted by a GMVA Representative to arrange a
meeting.
 
If you have any ideas or questions about this project please submit them by email to: info@gmva.org or submit them by mail to GMVA, PO Box 7522, The Woodlands, TX 77387-7522.
Report Infrastructure Problems
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The GMVA would like to compile a list of infrastructure problems in Grogan's Mill.  We need your eyes and ears to help us, though.  If you see something broken in your neighborhood, such as a broken curb, broken sign, broken mailbox, etc., please contact any Board member or write to us at suggestions@gmva.org.  You will be helping out your entire village with just a few sentences.
Proposed Trolly Expansion 
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The Woodlands Community Association has approved a resolution asking the HGAC to fund a study to determine if residents would use trolleys from the Village Centers and incorporate the 160 mile pedestrian and bicycle system into an expanded transit system.
The GMVA would like to hear your thoughts on this so that we may report to the WCA, resident's reaction to this proposal.  Please e-mail us your thoughts at suggestions@gmva.org.
N-Style Salon August Specials
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Kid's wet cut - $12.00 (12 yrs & younger) 
Perm & Haircut Combo - $10.00 OFF - Starts @ $80.00 less $10.00 = $70.00 (short hair), style not included - (long and thick hair - extra)
 
T ZONE HIGHLIGHT - $65.00 - (1 color = 10 foils) includes haircut and blowdry

SHIVA Products - 20% Off  - including Tourmaline Flat Iron Pro - reg. price $84.00
 
EXPERIENCED HAIR STYLIST NEEDED - COMMISIONS OR BOOTH RENTAL 
Personal Recommendation
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We at the GMVA would like to provide information that may be useful to our residents.  Joy Powell highly recommends Village Nails in the Grogan's Mill shopping center. If you have something great to say about a Grogan's Mill business, please let us know so we can share with other residents.
 
"I have been going to Village Nails for the last two years - the staff is so friendly, does a good job, and is even there on Sundays.  Men as well as women use their wonderful services.  I really think they are much needed tenant in that shopping center and highly recommend them."
 
--Joy Powell
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