March 12, 2010
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Grogan's Mill Village Association Newsletter 
 
March 12, 2010

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Take a Survey to Get Google Fiber Optic Trial
Join Us on March 15th
Township Election in May
Spring Farmer's Market Returns
Free Tax Help
Have You Filed Your Homestead Exemption?
Quick Links...
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Greetings!
 
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.
 
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TWT Seeks Input for Google Fiber Optic Trial Location
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(from The Woodlands Township Web site)
THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS (March 8, 2010) - Google is planning to build and test ultra-high speed broadband networks at one or more trial locations that will utilize fiber-to-the-home connections to the Internet at more than one gigabit per second. They will offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and upwards of 500,000 people. For a community to be considered as a test site, Google must receive nominations from residents and community groups, as well as a request for information (RFI) from the community's local government. The Woodlands Township has received considerable communication from local agencies and residents requesting that the Township submit a response.
To help with this response, the Township has put a survey on its Web site to get resident feedback about the Google fiber optic trial. The survey link, titled "GOOGLE SURVEY," can be found on the left navigation panel of the main page.
The results of the survey will be included with the RFI that will be submitted to Google. The RFI will consist of questionnaires regarding community background information, collaboration on the Google Fiber Trial, community support, facilities and resources, construction methods and regulatory issues.
The Woodlands Township is asking residents to take part in the survey, which will remain on the Web site until Friday, March 26. The Township believes that the Google fiber optic trial would be a quality of life benefit for residents, as well as an economic development asset to the community.
For more information on The Woodlands Township government, please call 281-210-3800 or visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.
Join Us for the GMVA Monthly Meeting
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Please join the GMVA at our next monthly meeting: Monday, March 15th at 6:30pm, held in The Woodlands Township Service building (formerly the Community Associations building) off of Lake Woodlands Drive.  The March meeting is the official Annual Meeting for GMVA when officers are elected and the 2010/2011 budget will be approved.  The agenda for the monthly meeting is posted on the GMVA Web site.
Township Elections 
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The next election is for the Board of The Woodlands Township in May.   The Township Board from now on will be resident elected.  This will be the first real election where we will be voting for board members who control what happens in the community.   There are four positions that are being elected. The candidates are listed below and the GMVA has invited all candidates to submit a statement about their campaign for our Web site.  For more information about the election, see The Woodlands Township Web site. 
 
 
Position 1
Claude Hunter
Robert Tyson
Michael Smith
Position 2
Tom Campbell
Michael Donnelly
Ted Stanley

Position 3
Jeff Long
Adam Muery
Jay Mac Sanders
Lloyd Matthews

Position 4 
Ed Robb
Ronny Taylor
Deborah Sargeant
Randy Scott
Spring Farmer's Market Returns April 3rd 
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Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 3rd when the Grogan's Mill Farmer's Market returns to the Grogan Mill Village Center.  The Farmer's Market will be open from 8 AM to 12 Noon each Saturday morning until June 26th.  Look for your favorite fresh produce, grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and eggs, artisan breads and cheeses, locally produced olive oil, multi-cultural prepared food items, gourmet pet treats, orchids and other flowering plants, plus much more.  A full listing of the vendors can be found on the Grogan's Mill Web site.
 
The Market now has a page on Facebook.  Join us by searching for "Grogan's Mill Farmer's Market."
Tax Help
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Local volunteers are available to help local residents file their tax returns.  The service is sponsored by AARP and sanctioned by the IRS.  The returns are done by trained volunteers and can be filed electronically. 
 
Work is done at the following locations:
Montgomery County - South Regional Library - 2101 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands
Hours:  Tuesday & Thursday - 9:00 thru 1:00
 

George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library, 8125 Ashlane Way, The Woodlands
Hours:  Wednesday & Saturday - 9:00 thru 1:00
 

Lone Star College, 102 Longview Dr, Conroe
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday - 9:00 thru 1:00
Have You Filed Your Homestead Exemption?
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You have until April 1 to file for your homestead, over 65, and/or disability exemptions.  Get more information and forms.  
Free Library job Search Program 
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Free Library Job Search Program
"The Real Secret to Finding a Job"
South Regional Library, Montgomery County Memorial Library System
Friday, March 19, 2010 
 
The South Regional Library is hosting a free program titled The Real Secret to Finding a Job, presented by Rick Gillis.  The program starts at 9:30 am and concludes at 4:30 pm with a scheduled lunch break.
 
The first 10 people to register will receive a copy of the presenter's book The Real Secret to Finding a Job? Make Me Money or Save Me Money!  In addition, a grand prize drawing will be held at the end of the program for one-on-one counseling for a period of time not to exceed 60 days with Mr. Rick Gillis.
 
Space is limited and registration is required. Please either call the library (281) 364 4294 and select option 2 or visit the 2nd floor reference desk and reserve a seat. The library is located at 2101 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77380 across from Market Street in The Woodlands.
Watch Talk Wednesday 
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March Watch Talk: LET'S TALK LOCKS! Come learn ways to secure your home.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Noon to 1 p.m.
South Regional Library, 2101 Lake Robbins Dr.
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