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  1. Look up your property tax record on the HCAD site. If they got your paperwork, there will now be a clickable link near the top of your record which says "Fiduciary Information." Click on it and they should be listed as your Fiduciary Agent.
  2. They aren't cutting the fee because they've seen "cost savings." They're cutting it because they took wicked heat about all the federal tax stimulus money they took to speed up the installation process. As a result they were being widely accused of double-dipping on consumers/taxpayers. Corproate welfare is drawing more scrutiny from the peons these days, you know. So sorry, but their little 19 cent drop in the monthly charge isn't enough to convince me to put away my tin foil hat. You might want to get one yourself, a good heavy-duty model even, once you see what they're going to start doing to consumers as soon as the meters are all installed.
  3. The high schoolers in the area have claimed it as their latest-and-greatest hang-out spot. But then, at that age, they have it's all about what's new and shiny, now matter how good or bad it may really be. Plus they have cast iron stomachs at that age and would probably even eat Tupperware if you'd let them.
  4. Not to pick nits, but it was Purva Patel's post on The Chron's Prime Property blog today. Nancy Sarnoff is still away on leave. Carry on!
  5. My name is Rio and I dance upon the sand...

  6. I think that's supposed to be the site for the new Texas Children's Hospital. If not, then probably affiliated doctors and other offices and clinics.
  7. Thanks for posting this! So what exactly happens to the MUD's if the area incorporates? I wonder too who the "Several residents" cited are? And what exactly prompted the article? And what happens next?
  8. It is s cool to be living in a neighborhood where it's quiet at 11:00 at night, yet it's also filled with happy, safe activity: families out walking together, singels and couples out walking their dogs, teens playing tennis together at the community courts, etc. Life is good here!

  9. The Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC) has issued its annual Honor Roll of public schools, The TBEC honor roll is unusual in that it gives accolades to schools which have higher commended rates on the TAKS than those schools with students of similar demographics. (Most other rankings just use the usual minimum passing rates.) This year, just 252 schools in all of Texas made this Honor Roll, which is less than 4% of all the schools in the state. LINK TO ENTIRE LIST CYPRESS-FAIRBANKS ISD's TBEC HONOR ROLL SCHOOLS for 2010: HAMILTON ELEMENTARY received a score of 67 from the TBEC and had 51 percent of students performing at the commended level. SAMPSON ELEMENTARY received a score of 67 from the TBEC and had 49 percent of students performing at the commended level. MOORE ELEMENTARY received a score of 54 from the TBEC and had 39 percent of students performing at the commended level. GLEASON ELEMENTARY received a score of 50 from the TBEC and had 37 percent of students performing at the commended level.
  10. We just switched to Ameriprise. With the Costco Executive Member discount and perks, they were lower than Amica or AAA for us.
  11. There was one in the Bear Creek area on N. Highway 6 just a few years ago. It was co-branded with a Church's Fried Chicken, right across the road from where the Rave movie theaters are now located.. Church's is still there, but Wienerschnitzel isn;t. They were not a good fit with Church's, because chicken takes so much longer to cook. Their drive-thru and counter lines used to really tick people off who were just coming for a hot dog. I mean, you'd go there to order a Mustard Dog and a Chili Cheese Dog and you'd inevitably get behind some bozo who has ordered the 20 piece Family Pack o'Chicken with 8 side items. Your order which should have taken maybe 2 minutes tops wound up being a 30 minute frustration fest. It was ridiculous!. When JCI opened up the road in Copperfield, people started to go there instead, not because the food was better but because you didn't have to commit hours of your life to getting your hot dogs. Anyway, I am thrilled to see them coming back! They are always a must-have anytime we go to places like San Antonio, Austin, San Marcos, Albuquerque, most of CA, Las Vegas, etc.
  12. This is a huge issue, IMO. Whoever allowed this to happen essentially sold out the entire Cypress area. And for what? Certainly nothing viable.
  13. I'll third that opinion! For over 15 years, we had planned to eventually move and buy our "forever home" in south or southwest Katy. But when the time finally came, we realized that Katy had become just another overcrowded, heavily trafficked part of Houston. It was a cold, sterile Generica, a virtual CouldBeAnyWhereVille. Whatever folks are moving out there to get away from, they seem to be determined as all hell to drag that same stuff along with them. And it was no longer a place we wanted to be, by any means! It was so disheartening that we even considered leaving the Houston area completely. Fortunately, some like Mr. Football opened our eyes to other possibilities in the area. After considering numerous neighborhoods, we kept finding ourselves drawn back to the NW part of Cypress over and over again. The trees, the wildlife, the quiet neighborhoods tucked away in dappled shade... and so much more...made it clear to us that this is what our souls needed. We bought our "forever home" here last year and have been unbelievably happy with our choice! We have easy access to both 249 and 290 , and our drives home once we're off the freeways themselves are easy, uncrowded and actually pleasurable. The whole place is just rejuvenating. In fact, this is the first time in many years that we are not planning a mountain getaway vacation. We don't need it! Everyday here is a relaxing treat and we'll be delighted to spend our downtime right here in our own space.
  14. We now use AppealPropertyTax.com and have been very pleased with them. We used O'Connor for a couple of years, but got only minor reductions, while noticing that a neighbor who used AppealPropertyTax.com was getting much deeper reductions. Moreover, O'Connor was charging us 50% of whatever they saved us, while AppealPropertyTax.com charges just 33%. Save me more on my taxes and charge me less to do it? I'm there!
  15. It won't be the awesome Pizza Fusion pizzas though. Those recipes and techniques are proprietary and go with the franchise.
  16. The explanation I was given was that while they had a good number of customers, the cost vs. price models, given their high-quality (organic, natural) ingredients, was not sustainable. It's sad to me that mid-price healthier restaurants seem to fly in many other parts of the country, but not so much here in Houston. I guess beer and bar food are sustainable here...they certainly help keep the Medical Center in business.
  17. Today is Pizza Fusion's last day. Ref's will be open very soon. Just what the world needs, another flippin' sports bar with nothing more than TV's, beer and fried bar food. Big whoop. Ref's will be open very soon. Just what the world needs, another flippin' sports bar with nothing more than TV's, beer and fried bar food. Big whoop.
  18. Could I add a Pottery Barn outlet and Rockport Shoes to your list, please? So many of my friends here, and most all of those who visit from out of town, want to make repeated trips to San Marcos just for the Pottery Barn Outlet store there.
  19. 21 Cy-Fair ISD schools were honored as National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) Just for the Kids 2009 Higher Performing Schools in Texas. Hamilton Elementary School for Math, Reading, Writing and Science;Hamilton Middle School for Reading, Writing, Science and Social Studies; Sampson Elementary School for Math, Reading and Science;Cypress Woods High School for Math, Science and Social Studies; Danish Elementary School for Reading and Science;Goodson Middle School for Science and Social Studies; Keith Elementary School for Math and Science;Black, Lamkin, Millsap and Moore elementary schools for Science; Aragon and Spillane middle schools for Social Studies;Copeland, Emmott, Jowell, Owens, Sheridan and Willbern elementary schools for Math; and Jersey Village and Langham Creek high schools for Social Studies. LINK
  20. Brookhollow is comparatively empty now as it is. Most of the back office operations which were housed there as recently as 2-3 years ago have been quietly off-shored to places like Asia and South America. As for Chemicals, it too no longer houses the same volume of employees as it did in its heyday. My gut feeling is that with land and quality buildings in the Energy Corridor being so highly desired these days, and with the company consolidating so many of its divisions to a new centralized location, I think that building's days as an XOM workplace are probably numbered, in favor of a move to the bright and shiny new campus up north.
  21. There's been so much scuttlebutt over this lately. I guess this announcement effectively kills the 8+ years worth of rumors of XOM relocating to the remnants of the HP campus or its general area. Lots of disappointment in the area over this one.
  22. Not even! While no place is totally crime free, these recent events are pretty rare in that area. What is happening in that area though is that they have very strong HOA's and online community forums. Residents in that entire the area have many means of communicating and information gets passed around very quickly. That's how problems get resolved and ultimately it is how neighborhood safety is best ensured. I have lived in other areas of town where much more, and much worse, stuff has gone on, but we never knew about it until months after the fact, if at all. Heads in the sand are calming, but only until you awake up to find Armageddon has gone on all around you while you were merrily in the dark. Or worse, yet, until you are jerked into reality by situation you never saw coming due to blissful ignorance of a potential problem.
  23. Just a head's up: Since just after Christmas, at least two Cypress-area residents have given accounts of their family members being robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot outside of the Cinemark Theatres at 290 and Spring-Cypress. In each, guns were pointed at or pressed up to victims' heads and/or chests. In neither case was the victim alone, they were part of a pair or group of 3 who were accosted by 2 gunmen. Both incidents were at night.
  24. Hmmm. I'm not a fan of either of those builders. And I'm not really excited about the development plan either. More of the same old, same old, I'm afraid.
  25. Yep. And also if you owned your home for 20 years, paid in full, and finally bought another one last month. And even if you skipped the Cash for Clunkers deals (which you really could have used for replacing your 16 and 12 year old vehicles) so that you'd have the cash you needed to comfortably buy the new house. IOW, line up here beside me and we can commiserate.
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