Posted on Jan 21, 2013 | Tagged in: events
A flyer about an upcoming YMCA Bridge Fest was all the motivation Oakhurst resident Diane Nowakowski needed.
Two years ago, Nowakowski decided to get back on track to live a healthier life by joining WeightWatchers and start training to run in a marathon or race.
“I had always been healthy but I fell off track because of stress eating and my job. I got tired of being unhealthy so I decided to make a change. I joined WeightWatchers and received a flyer in the mail talking about how to walk your way to a 5K; I took that challenge,” Nowakowski said.
As an International Flight Attendant, Nowakowski has found it hard to stay on track but hopes to get back on track by participating again in this year’s YMCA Bridge Fest Feb. 2.
The last time she participated, Nowakowski ran the 5K in 35:05 minutes and she plans to beat that time this year.
“If I can do it, anyone can Bridge Fest. I want to encourage others to just get out and try it or even just get out and walk Bridge Fest. Any physical activity is better than nothing,” Nowakowski said.
This event offers a great opportunity for families to come out and spend quality time together. The first race will begin at 8:00 am and is a ½ mile event open to ages 6 and under. Following the ½ mile race will be a 1-Mile Race for ages 7 – 12.
This will allow for the younger runners to race against their own age groups and compete for an award in those age categories. Following the Kids Races, the 5K Family Run and Walk will begin at 9:00 am which is open to all ages and abilities.
Concluding the morning is the awards ceremony which will be in the YMCA gymnasium. All races will use the chip timing system for accurate race results and cost of each race varies by category
Proceeds from Bridge Fest support the Partners scholarship program at the Lake Houston Family YMCA and East Montgomery County YMCA. Many families in the Lake Houston and EMC communities have little or no ability to pay for the programs and services offered at the YMCA.
This year’s Bridge Fest goal is to raise over $45,000 for the scholarship fund to insure that children and families were not denied access to character enhancing programs or vital services such as YMCA after school child care, swim lessons, day camp, youth sports, teen leadership camp and many more because of financial limitations.
Families and individuals can apply for financial assistance by completing an Open Door application at either YMCA.
“I am very excited and motivated for this year’s Bridge Fest. This is the event that pushes me to be healthier and get out to join others in walking for a good cause. This inspires me as I hope it inspires others,” Nowakowski said.
For cost and additional information on Bridge Fest, call the Lake Houston Family YMCA 281-360-2500, visit their website at www.ymcahouston.org/lake-houston or e-mail Carol Sutton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
On January 19th and 20th, 2013 come into any Lennar or Village Builder Model Home in Oakhurst and receive special Incentives. See New Home Consultant for Details!
Posted on Jan 15, 2013 | Tagged in: New Caney ISD
Congratulations to the Porter High School Girls Soccer Team on winning first place in the Aldine Tournament this past weekend. The Lady Spartans went 3-0-1 during the tournament and won the championship game in a thriller that went to penalty kicks. Cassidy Hopkins was named the tournament MVP and Clara Negrete, Marissa Bovara, and Mireya Cerda were also named to the All-Tournament team.
Source: New Caney ISD News
Posted on Jan 14, 2013 | Tagged in: honors , going green , Coventry Homes
McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc. (MHI), which builds under the brands Plantation Homes, Coventry Homes, Carmel Builders and Wilshire Homes, is the only large scale volume homebuilder to receive the highly coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) award. An internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED represents a group of rating systems designed to provide a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
The U.S. Green Building Council which developed LEED, presented MHI with the award and recognized the company’s achievements at a recent ceremony in San Francisco, California. Each year the council distinguishes builders, developers and projects that have demonstrated leadership in the residential green building market place.
Texas-based MHI is the only large volume homebuilder that has successfully implemented LEED for homes across multiple communities and multiple project offerings.
Posted on Jan 8, 2013 | Tagged in: Untagged
Did you know you can join the Arbor Day Foundation? This group inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.That is the mission statement of the Arbor Day Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation and education organization.
Founded in 1972, the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, the Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners.
The impact the group makes on the world is accomplished through its conservation and education programs.
You are invited to become a member. When you become a member the group will send you 5 Free Crapemyrtles!
Crapemyrtles were selected for this campaign because of their elegant color and form, making them an attractive addition to the home landscape. These medium size flowering shrubs or small trees boast perfect, six-petaled flowers of pink, red or white with leaves that change from summer green to autumn red, orange, and yellow. They are perfect for our Texas climate.
Go to: http://www.arborday.org/shopping/memberships/memberships.cfm?membership=trees
$10 (includes your 5 free trees and a 6-month membership)
$15 (includes your 5 free trees and a 1-year membership)
Posted on Dec 18, 2012 | Tagged in: New Caney ISD
New Caney ISD Superintendent Kenn Franklin has been busy updating staff members about the progress made regarding projects funded by the $97.5 million bond referendum passed by voters in May 2012.
For the first time in New Caney ISD's history, five bond projects will concurrently be constructed. "In the past, we've worked on one project and then proceeded to the next after the previous one was completed," said Franklin.
Construction should begin in 2013 for the classroom additions to Bens Branch, Crippen, Sorters Mill and Valley Ranch elementary schools. Simultaneously, work will take place on the construction of the new middle school, Agriculture Science Center, stadium, and renovations to New Caney High School.
Posted on Dec 11, 2012 | Tagged in: healthcare
Community residents as well as physicians and doctors at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital had the chance to try their hand at robotic surgery with the da Vinci Si Surgical System robot.
The hospital received the system Nov. 26 and hosted a special ribbon cutting ceremony with the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce and the Community Chamber of Commerce of East Montgomery County Nov. 29.
“This is a very exciting day for Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital. The da Vinci Si Surgical System robot is $2.2 million investment in the latest technology available in robotic surgery. This could not happen without partners in our community especially with Intuitive Surgical,” Heath Rushing, chief operating officer for Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, said at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Posted on Dec 7, 2012 | Tagged in: Village Builders , Lennar Homes
A revolutionary new concept in home design that’s catching the attention of a growing group of home buyers is now available in Friendswood Development Company master-planned communities across the Houston area. Lennar and Village Builders, both divisions of Lennar Corporation have introduced “NextGen, the home within a home” - a new collection of homes designed to meet the changing lifestyle demands of those who need a home that offers separate and private living space for older relatives or even returning adult children.
Lennar is the first major national home builder to offer buyers such a concept, which was previously available either by custom builders or in limited locations. Now, NextGen designs are available in Friendswood Development communities that include West Ranch in the city of Friendswood, Fairfield in Cypress, Graystone Hills in Conroe, Lakes of Savannah in the Pearland area, Lakemont in west Houston and Oakhurst at Kingwood. Starting prices vary by location but range from the $230,00s to the $250,000s.
NextGen is a progressive and sensible approach to the design and construction of new homes that feature attached yet completely separate and private living quarters which are included in the floor plan of a traditional single-family home.
From the outside, NextGen designs by Village Builders and Lennar resemble the beautiful new homes that have defined Friendswood Development Company master-planned communities for more than 50 years. Inside, however, there are actually two different homes that begin with separate exterior entrances – a classic front door entry that leads to main foyer and living areas and another which accesses well-appointed and efficiently planned living quarters.
Although the size of the living space varies by plan and location, the NextGen “suites” typically include a kitchenette complete with a microwave oven, sink and refrigerator; an open living area, a private bedroom and bath, a stackable washer and dryer, separate cable and an independently zoned thermostat. The NextGen suites also have easy and immediate interior access to the main home, which is often in the front of the house and usually away from higher traffic main living areas.
Enhancing the appeal of the NextGen home designs is the fact that they provide optimum flexibility, enabling buyers to use the space for whatever their needs are at the time, which could range from a home for aging parents, a teen suite, a hobby area or home office. And like all homes by Lennar and Village Builders, NextGen homes have the impressive “Everything’s Included” package which offers new-home buyers thousands of dollars in upgraded features that are included in the price of the home, as well as home automation and the most energy efficient construction methods and features available in the new home industry.
Lennar Corporation reports that the Pew Research Center cites 48 million Americans are already living in a household that contains at least two adult generations, up 28 million from 1980. These facts indicate a growing demand for housing that will accommodate the needs of buyers who need multi-generational housing for either economic or peace of mind reasons, and a trend that is expected to last well into the future.
In Fairfield, Lennar is featuring NextGen designs priced from the $250,000s. Graystone Hills offers NextGen homes by Village Builders starting in the $290,000s. Lakemont, which has a new NextGen Lennar model now open, offers the homes starting from the $250,000s. Lakes of Savannah is showcasing NextGen homes by Lennar that are priced from the $230,000s and in Oakhurst at Kingwood, home shoppers can preview NextGen homes by Village Builders that are priced from the $280,000s and by Lennar, from the $250,000s.
Information is available in Lennar and Village Builders sales offices which are open daily. For more information, visit www.NextGenHouston.com.
Posted on Dec 4, 2012 | Tagged in: events
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Posted on Nov 27, 2012 | Tagged in: entertainment , community
Kings Harbor is pleased to announce Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene as the new presenting sponsor for the 2013 Kings Harbor Concert Series. The series will launch in February, and will feature 20 unique concerts throughout the year.
“We are pleased to welcome Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene to the Kings Harbor Concert Series,” said Dana Harms, Midway’s Manager of Marketing and Graphics. “Their commitment to support the community and the concert series has allowed us to expand and bring 20 waterfront concerts next year. We look forward to the entertainment and working with local charity groups to raise awareness and dollars for programs our neighbors support.”
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene is excited to bring new energy to the project with the additional concerts, which will feature a variety of bands for all ages to enjoy. The concerts will take place the 1st and 3rd Fridays every month from February through November, 7-10 PM. Each concert will highlight a non-profit organization by and hold raffles to help raise funds to further their impact in the local community.
Local businesses and organizations will also be featured throughout the series as co-sponsorship/concert supporters. Kings Harbor is pleased to include The Tribune as a co-sponsor/concert supporter for the first season of the series, February through June. “The Tribune is thrilled to be part of this great community event,” said Cynthia Calvert, The Tribune’s Publisher and CEO. “As the only locally owned newspaper, we look forward to highlighting the best of our area.”
In addition, The Observer will be included as a co-sponsor/concert supporter for the second season of the series, July through November. “In addition to great live music, these events uplift the local charities and organizations that help make our community a great place for everyone to live,” said Corey Turner, General Sales Manager for the Observer. “Our staff has come to enjoy the events and we look forward to being an active part of them.”
Will Makar and The Red Line will kick off the series with a performance on February 1st. Will was selected as a top 14 finalist on American Idol. His band came together at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and their set list includes songs from Will’s debut album along with favorite covers by artists such as Dave Matthews, John Mayer and Jason Mraz. The series continues with a performance from the Sheila Marshall band on February 15. The band’s style is basic pop rock with Texas roots and they feature a great mix of new alternative rock and older classic rock. Sheila and her band have performed on stages all over the world.
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene considers the concert series as a great way to engage and give back to the greater Lake Houston area. Sales Manager, Lisa Dempsey explains “Our agents live in these communities too, and see the value of providing these family-friendly experiences.” As a local Kingwood resident, Lisa further explains that she “meets residents who don’t realize what a wonderful destination Kings Harbor is, and how it represents all the reasons people live in the Kingwood area—great views, a relaxed lifestyle and quality time with family.”
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene is a real estate firm with 20 offices in the Houston market from Galveston to Conroe. The company specializes in helping customers relocate from around the world, and feel comfortable in their new homes. As a lifestyle company, the agents take great pride in being experts in their local communities. Kings Harbor and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene are excited to bring this exciting new series to a great waterfront destination.