December Newsletter

For the PDF version of the newsletter, click here: WLF December Newsletter

Hello Neighbors,

As 2013 comes to a close, we hope this Christmas season brings you joy and peace, and that the new year brings many blessings to us all.

There are many events nearby which allow you to celebrate all of the wonderful things this season represents and we hope you and your family will find time to attend.

There will be no board meeting this month as we are working on plans for the new year and enjoying the holiday season with our families. Please visit our community website for any updates we may have this month.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

Merry Christmas

Abbye Crandall and Eric Bauer
Resident Board Members

Community Calendar

 2      Trash and Compost Day

 9       Trash and Recycle Day

14      Waterleaf Holiday Event – 3:00 PM Park Pavilion

16      Trash and Compost Day

23      Trash and Recycle Day

25      Merry Christmas!

30      Trash and Compost Day

31      New Year’s Eve

Tips From Larry

Wet Window Ledges As it gets colder, our windows will sweat. Be sure to wipe up the water even though the KB paints an oil base paint and caulks. An effective way to help reduce wet windows is to open each window and place a layer of aluminum foil 3 ” wide and as long as the window, then close the window down leaving 2″ to stick out so as to act as a water drip trough.

Hanging Christmas Lights ‘Tis the season to put lights on the house. There are many great clips to change lights, but many homeowners like to use nails or metal staples into the house frame. NEVER use nails, as they will cause water to enter into wood and set up rot and rust later. A hot glue gun is an effective way to string lights onto brick and stone. When done use the gun to heat the hard glue off.

More Shelves Now that you are in your new home, you will be looking for more shelf space. Look no further than your bedroom closet. The KB homes that have high ceilings make it easy to build a look-a-like shelf above the current shelves in the closet. The shelving boards are sold in the same width, as are the same matching brackets at Lowe’s and Home Depot. Use the same studs to screw in the brackets. This added shelf is perfect for suitcase storage.

Hard To Close Gates If by now your grass is growing high and the gate seems harder to open, take a saw or skill saw and cut off 1 inch at the base and try opening it. It should be much easier.

Dirty Fan Blades Now that the ceiling fans are not running as often, clean the top of the blades. You will be surprised as to the thick layer of hardened dust that will be there even if you dusted all summer. A warm water cloth will do the trick. You may need to use a ladder.

As always I will be glad to help show any of the above tips. Call me at 512-268-9025

Thanks! Larry Simone

New Business Coming to Kyle

soonThe city of Kyle is continuing to grow rapidly and businesses are racing to open their doors. Many of the companies are setting up shop along the IH-35 corridor and near Kyle Center Parkway.

Among those businesses is the Hays ACC Campus. ACC is already enrolling for the Spring semester and classes are scheduled to begin in January.

Other businesses coming to Kyle include Walmart, Firestone, Mitchell Motor Sports, New Haven Assisted Living, Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital, and Kyle Entertainment Center. There are several other businesses scheduled to open later this year or early 2014. For a complete list, visit haysfreepress.com for the story.

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Waterleaf 2013 Holiday Event
December 14, 2013 – 3:00 pm
Waterleaf Park Pavilion

Join us for some Christmas cheer as we visit with Santa. You will be sure to warm up with our chili cook-off! The person voted to have the best chili will win a prize. We will also have some cookies to decorate. Feel free to bring your own to swap with your neighbors as well.

WLF Holiday Party

City of Kyle Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 4, 2013 – 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
City Square Park/Historic Kyle City Hall

City of Kyle HolidayThe City of Kyle welcomes Santa to town!

Join us to kick off the Holidays. Santa will be available to take pictures (you must bring your own camera, we will not have a photographer available). School choirs from local elementary, middle and high schools will be performing holiday songs, there will be free activities for the children, and food vendors to satisfy your hunger or thirst.

Its always a great time. So come out and help us ring in the holiday season. http://www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/santas-arrival-tree-lighting-ceremony

City of Buda Trail of Lights
Opening Day December 13, 2013
6:00 pm – 10:00pm
Historic Stagecoach Park

Get in the holiday mood by strolling through the park and enjoying the lights! Free shuttle parking is available at Cabela’s. No parking is permitted in the park. Walk in visitors are welcomed and may bring leashed pets. The trail is approximately 1/2 mile long. No pets are allowed on shuttle buses. Bring your own camera for pictures with Santa! Paid concessions are available for purchase. The trail is then open from December 14 – 22 at 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. More info here.

San Marcos Sights and Sounds of Christmas
December 4 – 7, 2013 – 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
San Marcos Plaza Park

sights_and_sound_christmas_tx_logo2Fun, food, entertainment, carnival and Santa! Regular admission is $5 nightly, kids 12 & under are FREE! 4-day wristbands are available for purchase online at www.sights-n-sounds.org

Wednesday: Family Night – enjoy half price carnival rides!

Thursday: Texas State Night – Wear your Texas State T-Shirt and enjoy $1 drinks. TXST faculty, staff and students may show ID for discount

Friday: The best of the best on the main stage!

Saturday: 5K & 1K Run 7:30 am registration with the races starting at 9:00 am Parade begins at 10:00 am The San Marcos Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association will partner with Sights and Sounds to host a Blue Santa Parade.

Zilker Park Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 1, 2013 – 6:00 pm

Tree LightingThe Austin Parks and Recreation Department cordially invites you and your family to the 47th Annual Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. The 2013 lighting ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 1st starting at 6pm.

Join emcee Quita Culpepper, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, and Austin Parks and Recreation Director Sara Hensley as they kick off the holiday season in Austin with a program featuring local community entertainment, a holiday message and the lighting of the tree by the 2013 Zilker Holiday Tree Art contest winner.

  • Music begins at 5:30 pm
  • Ceremony begins promptly at 6:00 pm and should conclude by 7:00 pm

Austin Trail of LightsThe Austin Trail of Lights opens December 8, 2013

The Trail of Lights winds through 1.25 miles of Zilker Park, the crown jewel of Austin’s public green spaces. For two magical weeks in December, over 50 stunning custom displays (many updated for 2013) light up the night, bringing Austinites together to celebrate the season. Come make memories with the ones you love and uniquely Austin eats, fun for the kiddos, and performers including musicians, dancers, and carolers.

Visit austintrailoflights.org for more information

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If you have not already done so, you can subscribe to receive e-mail updates from our website, simply by entering your email address in the box on the right hand side of the webpage. We will send you updates to be reminded of upcoming meetings and events. This is also the official method of communication for the board, so updates regarding improvements or other issues will be posted here. You will not be flooded with e-mails or spammed from the website.

Contribute

If you have any information you would like to share with neighbors, or if you’d like to write an article, please contact us! All newsletter submissions are due no later than the 17th of each month. Submit your article to Waterleafnewsletter@gmail.com

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Pricing is $50.00 for half page, $25.00 for quarter page and $15.00 for business card size, to be run one time. You can email the ad and drop off or mail a check made payable to Goodwin Management, Inc. to 11149 Research #100 Austin, TX 78759 (Please note on the memo line of the check – “Waterleaf Newsletter Ad”.)

The price is for a one-time run to about 700 homes. The newsletter should reach homes the first week of eachmonth. Please submit your ad by the 10th of the month. If you have any questions or to submit an ad contact us at Waterleafnewsletter@gmail.com

November Newsletter

For the PDF version of this newsletter, click here to download: November Newsletter

Hello Neighbors,

As Thanksgiving approaches, your Resident Board members have been busy preparing for 2014. Work has begun to create next year’s HOA budget, and installation of the new pool gate security system, which took several months to prepare, has finally started! We are thankful for the many opportunities being Resident Board members has afforded us and look forward to more as we wrap up this first year serving you.

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Thank you!

Abbye Crandall and Eric Bauer
Resident Board Members

November Community Calendar

3      Welcome Committee Meeting – 7 pm Park Pavilion

4      Trash and Compost Day

5      Neighborhood Watch Meeting – 7 pm Park Pavilion

11    Trash and Recycle Day
         Veteran’s Day

14     CORE Committee Meeting – 7 pm Park Pavilion

18     Trash and Compost Day

21     Monthly Board Meeting – 1:30 pm KB Office

25     Trash and Recycle Day

28     HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

November 1 – 22nd – Waterleaf Falls Canned Food Drive benefitting Hays County Food Bank. See committee update below for more information.

IMPORTANT NOTICE! NEW POOL KEY ACCESS CARDS ARE BEING ISSUED

As of October 18th ALL current pool access key cards have been deactivated.

Click here to request your pool key now!

Click here to request your pool key now!

Installation of the new pool gate security system has finally begun, which means new cards must be issued. We have two upcoming dates for homeowners to come out and pick up a new key card right here in the neighborhood. You may also request a new key right here by clicking on the Pool Key photo to the left.

Please contact the Pool Committee if you have any questions at waterleafpool.pavilion@gmail.com

Come out to the park pavilion on the following dates and get your new Pool Access Key Card.

Wednesday, November 6
6 pm – 8 pm

Saturday, November 16
11 am – 2 pm

Change in Waterleaf Violation Fine Policy

The board recently made changes to the violation fine policy and is outlined below.  If you see any violation in our neighborhood, you can easily file a report by clicking the link at the waterleaffalls.com  community website.  On the right hand side under “Frequently Requested,” you will see a link that says  “Report a Violation.”  This link takes you directly to the Goodwin Management site and allows you to fill out a form with the information regarding the violation.
Violations fine policy regarding repeat violations of the same restriction:
                   Courtesy Notice/1st Violation                                     $0
                   2nd Violation                                                                  $0
                   3rd Violation                                                                   $50
                   4th Violation                                                                   $50
                   5th Violation (and each repeat violation therafter)     $50
Unpaid fines of $250 or 5th violation will be turned over to the attorney for collection/resolution.
Additional fees will apply. The board reserves the right to take action as needed on an individual basis.

Tips From Larry

Rice Is Not Nice Our sink garbage disposals like to grind many things, but never, never, never, throw uncooked rice in the sink. If you do, the rice will pass through the disposal and then swell as water passes through which can crack drain lines in the ground.

Vinegar This is a fantastic and cheap cleaning agent. Try it on your car, on home windows and much more.

Mail Box Our mail person tells me that if you will be away for awhile you don’t have to call to stop the mail. The mail person says they will stuff mail in your box until full and then hold the remaining mail.

Air Conditioner and Heater Preventative Maintenance Most of our contractors that installed your home AC and heater offer a quarterly inspection of your system for a low price. Look on your unit to find the phone number and ask about this service

Baby Bed Safety If you are moving your little ones from a crib to a big bed, you can make a simple safety rail from PVC. It will cost under $10. I’d be glad to share my photos of this item.

Porch Lights and Security Many homeowners will not leave a porch light on because they forget to turn it off and on. Well, your switch can be replaced with a simple timer switch to automatically set a time off and on.

Base Board Cleaning A good way to clean the “miles ” of baseboards along your walls is to use a mixture of vinegar and hot water. Use an old cloth and some of the solution and wipe away. If your knees are hurting, sit on a 4 wheel furniture mover or similar and push yourself along as you clean.

Recipe Corner

Here’s a great recipe to try out this Thanksgiving!

Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Place sweet potatoes in a 10×6 inch shallow baking dish and pour orange juice over.

3. In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt; mix together and cut in margarine. Sprinkle over sweet potatoes.

4. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle with marshmallows and broil until browned.

Enjoy!

Do you have a recipe you’d like to share? Send it to us!

Now Open!

open-for-businessAs the city of Kyle continues to grow, more options for shopping, eating, and entertainment are coming! If you have not noticed, Ross “Dress for Less” is now open on Kyle Parkway (in the Target shopping center). Firehouse Subs is also open on the other side of Kyle Parkway near Dickey’s BBQ.

Have you tried a new business you’d like your neighbors to know about? Let us know! Contact us at waterleafnewsletter@gmail.com

UpcomingEvents

Sat. Nov 2nd – 3rd Annual Dia De Los Muertos Mariachi Extravaganza 

2013_DDLM_Flyer.278173434_stdpresented by Hays CISD Mariachi Booster Club Join us at Gregg Clarke Park 1300 Center Park Road in
Kyle, Texas (located adjacent to the Kyle Pool).  This fundraising event will host a $6 BBQ Chicken Plate,
Silent Auction, Mariachi Music, Ballet Folklorico and more.  This is a true celebration of our culture and
community. There will be over 250 mariachi student performers!

Nov 8 – 10 Cowgirls Weekend at Silver Spur Guest Ranch in Bandera

Horse Activities and events for mothers, daughters, sisters, girlfriends, and co-workers. To register or
for more information visit www.silverspur-ranch.com

Nov 14 Duchman Family Winery Presents Movies Under the Stars 

153Tonight’s movie is “Dirty Dancing” Admission at 6:30 pm and movie starts at 7:30 Advance purchase
is required. Event pass is $15 and includes Lawn Access, Popcorn Ticket, 1 Wine Ticket
*Rain or Shine*
Contact Candace@duchmanwines.com to purchase passes. For more info vist, duchmanwinery.com

Saturday Morning Coffe with Council Member Samantha Bellows-LeMense

CoffeeJoin Samantha for coffee and some conversation about our great city. You can find her every first and third Saturday at the Casa Garcia’s by the HEB from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.. She’d love to talk and see how she can be of better service to you and make our city an even better place.

Entertainment Changes Coming to Kyle

Construction has begun on TWO entertainment complexes coming to Kyle. Schulman Theaters and Texas Cinema are shooting for a 2014 completion date and bring with them movie theater auditoriums, bowling, arcade games, and more. Schulman Theaters is building near Kyle Parkway and IH-35. Texas Cinema will be at Kyle Town Center near Kohler’s Crossing and IH-35. The race is on to see who can bring the fun to Kyle first!

Committee Updates

CORE Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 14, 2013
7:00 PM Park Pavilion

Monthly Board Meeting

Thursday, November 21, 2013
1:30 PM KB Office

The KB Office is located at 10800 Pecan Park Blvd, Suite #200 Austin, TX 78750. If you are unable to attend the meeting you may join the meeting via telephone. As the call-in number is subject to change per the management company, please visit our community website a few days prior to the meeting for the correct call-in number and passcode.

Welcome Committee

Sunday, November 3, 2013
7:00 PM Park Pavilion

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Welcome Committee is BACK and we want to THANK YOU for choosing the Waterleaf Falls Subdivision for your home. Our meetings will be held the first Sunday of each month to provide feedback, exchange of information, provide items for our welcome packets, and a general meet and greet. Come OUT and Get Involved!

Thank you, Welcome Committee
Natalie Freeman, Tricia Swietek, Jana Wybo

Neighborhood Watch

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
7:00 PM Park Pavilion

Officers Dibble and Plant are planning on attending. Come out and meet some neighbors and learn about keeping your neighborhood safe.

Thank you to all who came out for the Texas National Night Out. It was a night full of fun, prizes, and hot dogs. The Kyle Police and Fire Departments arrived with lights and sirens, and it was great to see the turnout and meet new neighbors!

As always, stay vigilant. Double check your vehicle locks. Don’t leave valuables in plain sight and try to park in your driveway and not on the street. Leave your front outside lights on. Look out for your neighbors.

Stay Safe!
Waterleaf Neighborhood Watch

Social Committee

Canned Food Drive benefitting

Hays County Food Bank
November 1 – November 22

HCFB_logo hunter green (1)The HCFB accepts a wide variety of healthy, nonperishable food items including boxed, bagged, and canned food. All donated food items must be unopened and have an intact label. Canned or boxed foods that are beyond the expiration date may be accepted. Baby food, formula, and adult nutrition drinks like Ensure cannot be accepted once they are out of date. We also accept fresh produce from local farms or gardens.

In Hays County, 24,000 people (15% of the county population) are food insecure. (Source: Feeding America, 2013, “Map the Meal Gap”)

  • The average cost of a meal in Hays County is $2.40. (Source: Feeding America, 2009 – 2010, “Map the Meal Gap”)
  • “Food security” refers to the availability of food and one’s access to it. A household is considered food insecure when its occupants live in hunger or fear of starvation

Let’s all give thanks for our families and community and help others who are in need.

WLFFoodDriveWe will be accepting donations for the Hays County Food Bank from November 1st-22nd at the KB Sales Office in Waterleaf Falls. Canned goods will be accepted at this location. In addition, you may contact the social committee members to pick up your canned goods left on your porch if you are unable to bring them to the office. If you would like to make a monetary donation, or volunteer your time in lieu of a donation, please contact the Social Committee (waterleafsocial@gmail.com) for further information or consult the HCFB directly at www.haysfoodbank.org.

Donations can be dropped off at:
KB Sales Office – 284 Sunnyside Dr

Office Hours:

Mon-Thurs      10 am – 6:30pm
Fri                        11 am – 7 pm
Sat                       10 am – 7 pm
Sun                     11 am – 7 pm

Most Needed Items

  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Rice and beans (preferably in 1-pound bags)
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Soups

Subscribe to Us

If you have not already done so, you can subscribe to receive e-mail updates from our website, simply by entering your email address in the box on the right hand side of the webpage. We will send you updates to be reminded of upcoming meetings and events. This is also the official method of communication for the board, so updates regarding improvements or other issues will be posted here. You will not be flooded with e-mails or spammed from the website.

Contribute

If you have any information you would like to share with neighbors, or if you’d like to write an article, please contact us! All newsletter submissions are due no later than the 17th of each month. Submit your article to Waterleafnewsletter@gmail.com

Advertise With Us

Pricing is $50.00 for half page, $25.00 for quarter page and $15.00 for business card size, to be run one time. You can email the ad and drop off or mail a check made payable to Goodwin Management, Inc. to 11149 Research #100
Austin, TX 78759 (Please note on the memo line of the check – “Waterleaf Newsletter Ad”.)

The price is for a one-time run to about 700 homes. The newsletter should reach homes the first week of eachmonth. Please submit your ad by the 10th of the month. If you have any questions or to submit an ad contact us at Waterleafnewsletter@gmail.com

Notice: Newsletter Error and Reprint

Greetings Residents,

You may have noticed that the latest newsletter had a duplicate page in it. According to Goodwin there was a malfunction with the printers. A correct copy of the newsletter was sent out yesterday (5th) at no additional cost to us. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Have a great day and God Bless!

Eric Bauer
Waterleaf
Resident Board Member

September Newsletter

The pdf file of this month’s newsletter is available here:  Community Newsletter September

Hello Neighbors,

Your HOA committees have been working diligently to bring you plenty of events and upgrades around the neighborhood. If you subscribe on our website at waterleaffalls.com, you will receive e-mail reminders about upcoming events and special notices from your HOA board. You will not be spammed or receive an overload of emails. We promise!

Pardon Our ProgressIf you have not noticed the construction at the park, the HOA board has approved additional lighting to be installed, and that project should be completed by the end of September. Until it is complete, please be careful at the park and keep away from the areas marked off with caution tape. The basketball court stripes have also recently been painted over as requested by many residents.

Our committees can always use more volunteers, so if you would like to be more involved in your community simply come out to a meeting or contact the chair using the email addresses below. We’d love to meet you!

Have a safe and Happy Labor Day! Remember the pool will be open for the holiday, so enjoy and keep cool. Happy Labor Day

Best Regards,

Your Communication Committee
Angela, Keeouka & Vanessa

Community Calendar for September 2013

 2      Labor Day
         Trash and Recycle

 9      Trash and Compost

10     Neighborhood Watch Meeting: 7:00 pm Park Pavilion

15     Bylaw Task Review Meeting: 7:00 pm Park Pavilion

16     Social Committee Meeting: 7:30 pm Park Pavilion

19     Monthly Board Meeting: 6:30 pm Park Pavilion

21    Community Wide Garage Sale 7:00 am

23     Trash and Compost

30     Trash and Recycle

Bullying: What You Need to Know

We’d like to extend a special thanks to Traci Marant, school counselor for Tobias Elementary for taking time out of her day to visit with us for our Back to School Night.  Although the event was not well attended, Mrs. Marant left us with some information to share with families. Hopefully, you have all had a great first week back! Mrs. Marant shared the importance of identifying a problem early on, so we would like to share some information she provided before any of our children begin to have any problems in school.

Hays CISD: What is Bullying?

The following is from the district site at: www.hayscisd.net

Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the District and that:

1. Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property; or

2. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.

This conduct is considered bullying if it:

1. Exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator and the student victim through written or verbal expression or physical conduct; and

2. Interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school.

Examples: Bullying of a student may include hazing, threats, taunting, teasing, confinement, assault, demands for money, destruction of property, theft of valued possessions, name-calling, rumor spreading, or ostracism.

Reporting Bullying

If a student believes that he or she has experienced bullying or has witnessed the bullying of another student, it is important for the student or parent to notify a teacher, counselor, principal, or another district employee as soon as possible. Parents are also strongly encouraged to contact their child’s school if he or she reports bullying to you. The administration will investigate any allegations of bullying and will take appropriate disciplinary action if an investigation indicates t hat bullying has occurred.

School Contact Information:

Tobias Elementary: (512) 268 – 8437

Barton Middle School: (512) 268 – 1472

Wallace Middle School: (512) 268 – 2891

Lehman High School: (512) 268 – 8454

Transportation Dept: (512) 268 – 8479

Stopbullying.gov

stopbullying.gov is an excellent resource for identifying bullying and talking to your children about bullying. Visit the website to learn more about bullying and how to empower your child to stand against bullying.

Signs a child is being bullied:

Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs. Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating.
  • Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

Signs a child is bullying others:

  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blame others for their problems
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

Many times, kids won’t ask for help, so it is important to know what to look for. It’s also important to keep the lines of communication open with your child. Take 15 – 20 minutes each day to talk to your child about their day. Ask open-ended questions to promote conversation. If communication is established early on, your child is more likely to tell you if he or she is having a problem at school.

Tips From Larry

Address Labels – An alternate use for your address labels is to stick them to your power, hand, and garden tools. That way, if you ever lend them out you have a simple way of identifying them and the borrower can easily remember where to return them.

Low Spots on Lawn – If there are some low spots in your lawn, add a few bags of topsoil mixed with some cow manure. Most bags are $2 at Lowes or Home Depot. You can also add this into lawns that have dead spots. Be sure to rake them into the grass and the grass will grow through. Careful not to buy the wrong type; make sure it has no wood or bark chips in its content.

Car Repairs – I constantly hear of neighbors in need of car repair and the bill is more than anticipated. For many car repairs, I suggest using YouTube to find a tutorial to fix the problem on your own. You will be amazed with the quality of instructional detail. If you need a special tool, check with a local auto store to see if you are able to rent it from them.

Appliance Repair – Don’t panic with your next appliance repair. YouTube has many great tutorials. A trick I learned was when looking for the actual replacement part you need, go to the online catalog and look at the part picture, then look below and it usually has a video as to how to install that specific part.

Cracks In Bricks– After you move in to your home start taking a look at your layered bricks. Look for hairline cracks and if you are under warranty, call to get it fixed. If you are past your warranty, take some clear silicon and squirt it deep into the crack opening. With any crack you have to keep water from entering.

Final New Home Inspection – Make sure you prepare for your final KB inspections at 18 or 24 months. Keep notes on any issues. Get on the roof, look in the attic, check under sinks, look for popping nails in sheet rock, and even under floor tiles for cracks.

Notes and Reminders – A great place to leave notes and reminders is to use a dry erase pen and write on your bathroom mirror. It wipes off easily Would also be a good place to say happy birthday or have a good day to the kids or take out trash today etc.

Recipe Corner

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Ingredients: (makes abt. 3 dozen)

  • 1 c sugar
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
  • ¼ c vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ¼ c flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Powered sugar


Directions

  1. Mix sugar, cocoa and oil.
  2. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. Add flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. Refrigerate dough until firm enough to form into balls (at least 2 hrs).
  5. Scoop by TBSP full, form into balls, about 1 inch in size.
  6. Roll in powdered sugar.
  7. Place balls 2 inches apart on lightly greased or non-stick baking sheet.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes (for chewy, brownie-like centers -don’t overcook).
  9. Allow to cool 1 minute then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

You can mix a double batch and easily freeze extra dough balls in ziploc bag, just don’t roll them in sugar. Let them defrost a few hours or overnight in the fridge then roll in the powdered sugar and bake. You can also omit powdered sugar all together if you want.

Neighborhood Watch

Reporting Suspicious Activity

Neighbors, please remember that you should always report suspicious activity to the Kyle Police Department, FIRST! Please do not post information on Facebook or e-mail a committee without first notifying the authorities. You may contact Kyle Police Department at (512) 268 -3232 with any information. If you are ever unsure, just call 911 to file a report to have the issue addressed. You also have a new option with the introduction of the Kyle Alert Network.

KPD Kyle Alert Network

The Kyle Police Department is proud to announce the creation of the Kyle Alert Network, hosted by 411_kpd_imageCitizen Observer. This network will allow citizens to send anonymous tips about possible criminal activity to the police and also offer information on criminal activity in your neighborhood. To submit an anonymous tip, text KYLEPD and your tip to 847411 from your cell phone.

NOTE: Charges from your carrier data plan apply

*This system is not intended to replace emergency phone calls. If you ever have an emergency, ALWAYS dial 911!

To sign up to receive alerts, visit cityofkyle.com Although KPD will be able to respond to your message, they will not be able to identify you or the device you are sending the message from.

Neighborhood Watch Safety Tips

Landscaping Keep trees and bushes around your home neatly trimmed with plenty of open space so would-be burglars can’t use the foliage for cover. Source: Kyle Police Dept. http://www.cityofkyle.com/police/vacation-watch-program

Electrical Outlets A recent survey by the Electrical Safety Foundation International found that about one-quarter of Americans don’t understand how ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) work. Visit our community website to learn more about how these work.

Burn Ban & Water Restrictions
Information on Hays County Burn Ban can be found at: http://www.co.hays.tx.us/
Information on WL (County Line Water) Water Restrictions can be found at: http://www.clws.com/

Join in as a “window watcher,” looking out for children and reporting any unusual activities in the neighborhood. This can be done anytime day or night! Source: http://www.ncpc.org/topics/home-and-neighborhood-safety/neighborhood-watch

For all Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tips click here: Tuesday Tips

Upcoming Kyle Events

9/6 7:30 pm Lehman High School Varsity Football: LHS vs. Elgin Site: Shelton

9/7 – Fiesta Fun Run St Anthony’s Church 8:00 am 5K Run & 1K Walk www.fiestafunrun.wix.com/2013

9/13 7:30 pm Lehman High School Varsity Football: LHS vs. Anderson Site: Shelton

9/27 7:30 pm Lehman High School Varsity Football: LHS vs. Hays Site: Shelton

9/28 – 9/29 Outdoor Family Workshop & Campout http://www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/outdoor-family-workshop-campout

Committee Updates

Monthly Board Meeting

Thursday, September 19, 2013
6:30 PM – Park Pavilion

This month’s board meeting will be held right here in Waterleaf at the Park Pavilion.  This is the best venue to voice any concerns you might have and to learn about updates directly from your HOA board members.  ALL residents are encouraged to attend.  Bring your own seating as the benches are limited.  Hope to see you there!

Neighborhood Watch


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

7:00 PM – Park Pavilion

Plans are continuing to celebrate Texas’ Night Out, Saturday, October 5th. We are planning a whole day and evening event. Get ready for a 5K run through the neighborhood to begin the day, a safety and emergency fair with venders and presentations, and a neighborhood camp out at the park. We could use volunteers, so if you are interested, please contact us at waterleafneighborhoodwatch@gmail.com or simply attend our September meeting.

Congrats to Kelly Amman and her delicious cake who won 1st place in our dessert contest. Thanks to everyone who brought desserts as well.

Thank you to Officers Dibble, Plant & Espinosa from KPD for coming to our National Night Out hot dog picnic on August 6th. They gave a monthly report of incidents in the neighborhood, tips on “watching,” and informed us that our Neighborhood Watch, along with one other group is the most active and successful in town. They continue to urge us to call in any suspicious activity which helps keep our neighborhood safe. They will also begin giving presentations to us at future meetings.

The new lighting project has begun at the Pool Pavilion as of this writing so watch for a brighter park, basketball court and parking lot in the evenings!  A drive was also made through the neighborhood marking every street light which is either out or not functioning properly and the list has been sent to Officer Dibble for repair.

The last few meetings have been low in attendance. As an important part of our community, your Neighborhood Watch team would like to receive feedback from residents regarding what you would like to see from your Neighborhood Watch. We have put together an online survey for all residents to provide input. Please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V9MD3NT to take the survey. If you would prefer a paper copy of the survey, please email us and we’ll be happy to provide one.

Be safe. Robert, Michele, Israel, Holly & GeriAnn

Social Committee

Monday, September 16, 2013
7:30 PM – Park Pavilion

All Residents are invited and encouraged to attend all meetings and events. We are always in need of volunteers so if you would like to join the Social Committee or just lend a hand when you can, please contact us at waterleafsocial@gmail.com

Thanks to all who came out to our Family Field Day event. It was a successful event and lot of fun!

The Back to School event was not successful. The guest speaker from Tobias was there for an hour ready with lots of Anti-Bullying info and advice for having a great school year. There seemed to be a lot of interest in the event, but only one non-committee family showed up. Due to lack of participation only one of the two back packs full of supplies was given away at the event. The other is being donated to Tobias and they will give to a Waterleaf child in need.

Community Wide Garage Sale

Saturday, September 21, 2013
Begins at 7:00 AM

This is a great opportunity to get rid of those items you no longer want or need. We will have information posted online on various garage sale pages,etc. so we anticipate lots of visitors!

WLF Garage Sale

Bylaw Review Task Force


Sunday, September 15, 2013
7:00 PM – Park Pavilion

The task force has been asked to identify changes that are needed in the HOA bylaws. This meeting will be to talk through the changes we have identified that will be presented to the Board for consideration and to gather input from the community regarding any changes they would like to see. A community vote is required before any changes go in to effect.

Reminder: Upcoming Meetings

We have 3 committee meetings this week, please see below for further details.

Communication Committee

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
7:00 pm Park Pavilion

Are you interested in writing an article for the newsletter each month? Join us at this meeting to submit your article ideas or contact us at waterleafcommunication@gmail.com. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Core Committee

Thursday, July 11, 2013
7:00 pm Park Pavilion

The Core Committee is led by Eric Bauer and Abbye Crandall, and is a chance for the leadership of each committee to meet with each other and the resident Board Members to plan for upcoming months. Many activities and plans from individual committees overlap, so this once monthly meeting, which will be held the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 PM starting in July, is a chance to coordinate those plans. This is also the best meeting at which suggestions to the Board for new committees or budget requests can be submitted.

Social Committee

Saturday, July 13, 2013
2:00 pm Park Pavilion

All Residents are invited and encouraged to attend. We always need volunteers, and ideas for events so if you would like to join the Social Committee or just lend a hand when you can, please contact us at waterleafsocial@gmail.com

We will continue discussing our plans for Waterleaf Family Field Day for Saturday, August 3rd 4:00-8:30 pm at Waterleaf Park. Current activities planned include volleyball, washers, horseshoes, 3-legged races, bean bag toss and a water balloon toss (using biodegradable water balloons). Prizes will be awarded to the overall points winners as individual scores will be tallied.

July Newsletter

To view, print or save the PDF version of the newsletter, please click here: Community Newsletter July

Hello Neighbors,

The Neighborhood Committees have been running smoothly and it has been great getting to know new neighbors while making improvements to our community and creating fun events.  There was interest expressed in the past about a Garden/Landscape Committee, a Financial Committee and a Bylaw Review Committee, if you are interested in helping us start one of these, please contact us at waterleafboard@gmail.com

The new neighborhood webpage is also up and running now thanks to the Communication Committee. Check it out at www.waterleaffalls.com

Happy Independence DayDon’t forget to check the calendar for a list of upcoming events!

Enjoy your summer, and Happy Independence Day!

Thanks!

Abbye Crandall and Eric Bauer
Resident HOA Board Members

Around the Neighborhood

Water Safety

Neighbors, Please take a moment to visit www.colinshope.org for valuable information regarding drowning prevention. The following graphic is from their website with some great tips for keeping our children safe this summer.

Drowning Prevention Tips from Colin's Hope

Drowning Prevention Tips from Colin’s Hope

Notes from the Pool Committee

Pool Hours

Tuesday – Sunday
5:00 am – 9:00 pm

Adult only swim time:
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Please remember to review the pool rules prior to enjoying the pool and that it is ultimately the responsibility of the parents to watch their children and guests.  Children under the age of 14 must remain within arms reach of an adult over the age of 18.  Also Adult Swim Only occurs for last 10 minutes of every hour.  This is not for the lifeguards to take a break, but to allow the children time to rest in order for them to not become too exhausted and possibly put them in jeopardy.

Pavilion Reservations:

All parties consisting of more than 4 guests require a reservation for the pool pavilion.

Please contact Tracy Scheel at waterleafpool.pavilion@gmail.com or call 512/769-6151 after 5:00 pm for reserving the pool or park pavilion.

A few things to remember:

1. The pool pavilion has a maximum guest number of 20 and the Park Pavilion is unlimited.

2. The Pavilions are not marked for reservation prior to your event, homeowners/renters are responsible for arriving early and set-up.

3. Hosts of the events are responsible for removing their own trash.  The Pavilions do not have sufficient trash receptacles for parties and normal HOA activity.

Facebook Favorite

Life Sustaining Training

This month’s favorite is Life Sustaining Training, which is a locally owned company in Austin, TX that provides AHA CPR, ACLS & PALS training to anyone wanting or needing American Heart Association Certification. For info on classes, ‘Like’ their Facebook page!

[If you have a page or see one you’d like to share with your neighbors, send it to waterleafnewsletter@gmail.com]

Tips from Larry….

Water Shut Off
How to locate your main water shut off valve: If you have a water softener, the valve is usually located on the unit. If not, you will need to check your front yard for the submerged box. Be sure to open it carefully as snakes may be hidden there. You should see a guage and tee type valve handle – this is the shut off valve. The valve near the gauge meter is the city shut off and has a hole for a lock. It is good to make sure the adults in your home know where the valve is in case of emergency. Handles are also aviailable at Home Depot that will assist you.

Keeping Bugs out of the Brick Vents
Take a look at the layer of bricks just above your foundation. Normally, every 5 bricks will have a mortar missing and should have a mesh screen or piece of wool covering it. If the covering is missing, bugs may be able to enter your home. You can fix this by simply buying a new piece of wool or a mesh screen and tucking it in to the open space.

Water Heater Maintenance

If your water heater tank is over 3 years old, you should be sure to drain it per the manufacturer’s instructions. There are many instructional videos available for this on YouTube.

Lawn Maintenance

Please be sure to sweep or blow off grass clippings when you mow your lawn. If not, the clippings will clog our storm drains.

Vehicle Theft Prevention

Neighbors, please be cautious of items you leave in your vehicles. I’ve often seen pick up trucks loaded with tools and materials from the owner’s trades. This can be a crime invitation. Consider parking your truck in your garage or in your driveway and covering up items that remain.

Flag Installation

Please consider posting an American flag on your home. There are many nice firm mounts available for sale. I am willing to help anyone who needs assistance mounting a flag to their home. Let’s show our American pride throughout our neighborhood!

What’s For Dinner? Try This

Lemon Garlic TilapiaLemon Garlic Tilapia

Ingredients:
– 4 tilapia fillets
– 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
– 1 tablespoon butter, melted
– 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
– 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
– pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Rinse tilapia fillets under cool water, and pat dry with paper towels.
3. Place fillets in baking dish. Pour lemon juice over fillets, then drizzle butter on top. Sprinkle with garlic, parsley, and pepper.
4. Bake in preheated oven until the fish is white and flakes when pulled apart with a fork, about 30 minutes.
Enjoy!

Have a recipe to share? Email us! waterleafnewsletter@gmail.com

Fireworks
Independence Day Celebrations

Here is some information about celebrations happening in Kyle, Buda and San Marcos. Click the links for additional information and directions.

City of Kyle Independence Day Celebration

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, the pre-show celebration at the PCGC Clubhouse is free to the public and includes live music and fantastic viewing. Hot dogs and cold drinks will be sold under the large tent, along with other snacks.  Parking at the golf course is available for a donation to the Kyle Masonic Lodge. Walk ins welcome.

9:30 pm – When it gets dark enough, around 9:30pm on July 4th, the fireworks show will launch from the driving range. Find a spot early enough to see the tall water tower that is next to the Hays CISD PAC on Kohler’s Crossing. If you can see the water tower, you will have a great view of the fireworks. Parking in paved parking lots around the intersection of Kohler’s and Kyle Parkway are the safest locations. The approximately 15-20 minutes of “ooohs and ahhhs” will cap off a day of fun in Kyle.

Red, White and Buda Independence Day Celebration
9:00 am – Children’s parade in the morning with free activities at City Park following the parade. Parade line up begins at 8:30 am. in the parking lot next to Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant on Main Street. Anyone can participate, no registration required, just show up! Decorated bikes, wagons, scooters, strollers and more will take a short parade route to City Park starting at 9am. Concessions provided by Buda Chamber of Commerce.

9:30 pm – Evening Fireworks at City Park. Leashed and licensed pets welcomed, but please remember to pick up after your pet! ? For more information call 512-295-7170.

Summerfest San Marcos
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm The City of San Marcos is hosting the most exciting community independence celebration along the banks of the beautiful San Marcos River. This FREE event will feature live entertainment, food booths, children’s activities, children’s costume competition and parade. Summerfest will be held on the grounds of San Marcos Plaza Park, same location as Sights of Sounds of Christmas. Rain or shine, festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a variety of musical and family entertainment until 10:00 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 pm

NO FIREWORKS IN WATERLEAF FALLS!! 

No fireworks in City Limits

No fireworks in City Limits

Please remember that the City of Kyle Code (Article 6, Sec 23-149 to Sec 23-155) prohibits the sale or use of fireworks within city limits. The fines for possession or use of fireworks is anywhere from $500 up to $2,000. Please celebrate responsibly and if you want to enjoy fireworks this year, we encourage you to visit one of the celebrations nearby.

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Core Committee

Thursday, July 11, 2013
7:00 pm Park Pavilion

The Core Committee is led by Eric Bauer and Abbye Crandall, and is a chance for the leadership of each committee to meet with each other and the resident Board Members to plan for upcoming months. Many activities and plans from individual committees overlap, so this once monthly meeting, which will be held the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 PM starting in July, is a chance to coordinate those plans. This is also the best meeting at which suggestions to the Board for new committees or budget requests can be submitted.

Welcome Committee

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
7:00 pm Park Pavilion

We need your help stuffing our welcome packets! We only have a few flyers, business cards, and coupons from our Waterleaf owned businesses remaining to include in the packets. Please help fill them up while promoting your business! Bring us your flyers, special discount cards, business cards, branded goodies, etc for the welcome packets. Stop by our meeting, or contact the Welcome Committee at waterleafwelcome@gmail.com

Communication Committee

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
7:00 pm Park Pavilion

Are you interested in writing an article for the newsletter each month? Join us at our next meeting to discuss plans for our newsletter and website or contact us at waterleafcommunication@gmail.com

Neighborhood Watch

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
7:00 pm Park Pavilion

We will give our monthly report and also be discussing home security while on vacation and plans for the upcoming national night out. We will also talk about our plans for neighborhood clean up. As always, contact us if you’d like to volunteer at waterleafneighborhoodwatch@gmail.com

Social Committee

Saturday, July 13, 2013
2:00 pm Park Pavilion

All Residents are invited and encouraged to attend. We always need volunteers, and ideas for events so if you would like to join the Social Committee or just lend a hand when you can, please contact us at waterleafsocial@gmail.com

We are planning Waterleaf Family Field Day for Saturday, August 3rd 4:00-8:30 pm at Waterleaf Park.  So start practicing NOW, as there will be games including volleyball, washers, horseshoes, 3-legged races, bean bag toss and a water balloon toss (using biodegradable water balloons). Prizes will be awarded to the overall points winners as individual scores will be tallied.

*Prizes to include giftcards for iTunes, Amazon, GameStop, Target, etc.

Come out and join us for some fun!

*Prizes are for residents of Waterleaf only.

Community Calendar for July

1   Trash and Compost Day

2   Welcome Committee Meeting 7pm Park Pavilion

8   Trash and Recycle Day

9   Communication Committee 7pm Park Pavilion

11   Core Committee Meeting 7pm Park Pavilion

13   Social Committee Meeting 2pm Park Pavilion

15   Trash and Compost Day

16   Neighborhood Watch Meeting 7pm Park Pavilion

22   Trash and Recycle Day

29   Trash and Compost Day

June Newsletter

Hello Neighbors…

Summer is upon us – welcome to June in Texas! Now that school is out and the days are longer and lazier, it seems like fun events and activities abound, and the neighborhood is no exception. Make sure to check the calendar for our neighborhood events, and if you have a suggestion for additional activities, please contact a Committee Member or Resident Board Member.

The committee planning process has made quite a bit of progress, and we are glad to see the development of these committees. If you have a little (or a lot) of time, please consider volunteering on a committee. It is a great way to get to know your neighbors and make new friends.

The NEW Community webpage is now available! Check out http://www.waterleaffalls.com to view current information, Frequently Asked Questions, Committee Updates, a calendar and many other helpful links.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns or feedback about the neighborhood, please contact your Resident Board Members, Eric Bauer or Abbye Crandall, at waterleafboard@gmail.com.

Thanks! Eric Bauer and Abbye Crandall

Neighbor Spotlight

Every month we will get to know a little bit about a neighbor! This month it’s Linda Vega.

What date did you move into Waterleaf? July 30, 2009 at 8:56 PM …Thanks to FB I also have a picture of us using the key for the first time!!

Who lives with you here in the neighborhood? Lupe, Leslie (age 7) and Elaina (age 20 months).

How many pets do you have and what are their names? Do dust bunnies count? Teehee, I should name them. I have a big spider web on my porch…We can name her Charlotte.

Where were you born and what other cities you have lived? I was born in Clovis, New Mexico but only because it was the nearest hospital! Was raised in TX and consider myself a Texan!! I’m from Friona, TX and it’s known as the “Cheeseburger Capital of Texas!”

What is your favorite restaurant here in the area? Barbacoa tacos from Maria’s and Milts BBQ!

What are your favorite hobbies? Love to read, hear all kinds of music and I love to garden especially the unexpected. I grew loofahs and cotton last year. I am growing a “ghost pepper and have a hay bale garden” this year.

Which holiday is your favorite? Christmas, and we plan to invite The Water Leaf community again this year to serve hot chocolate, roast marshmallows, watch a movie and have kids play under the snow machine. We had a great time last year.

Where is your favorite vacation spot? Haven’t been there yet, but look forward to trips to Paris and Hawaii in the next few years!

Have you ever met a celebrity and who was it? The Property Brothers from HGTV & Dennis Quaid who winked and smiled at me… 😉

What is your favorite food and what is something you will not eat? All of my husband’s cooking is my favorite!! I won’t eat oysters or squid.

Who is your favorite sports team? SF 49ers and SA Spurs.

What high school did you graduate from and what year? I graduated from Friona High School in 1993!! 20 yr. reunion this year!

What 4 songs would play for a soundtrack of your life? “Staying Alive” from the Bee Gees , “Go Rest High on the Mountain” by Vince Gill , “Morning Star” by Gabe Martinez, “Open Door” by Circleslide

Where do you take a Sunday drive to? The Connection Church in Buda and then drive home to have family time.

What is on your “to do list” for this year? Plan Lupe’s 40th birthday and take my kids to Disney World.

Favorite midnight snack? Pizza rolls with my BFF when she comes to visit!!

If you could go back in time, what time period would you go to? I’d go back to 1995 and make sure I graduated college!!!

What is your favorite thing about living in Waterleaf? That I live across the pool, have enough room to plant a garden, bus picks up Leslie right outside our door, and Ms. Isabel’s day care is right behind me.

Add a question for next month! What’s keeping you from growing something?

Anything else you would like to add?

Guadalupe Vega / CEO Linda Vega / Vice President Urban Pine Construction LTD CO Specializing in Residential Framing 670 New Bridge Drive

Kyle, TX 78640 512.698.3025 office 210.392.8519 field urbanpineconstuction@gmail.com

Facebook Favorites Pages to like!

Neighbors…for next month, if you have your own Facebook group page, email in the link and we will post it here, or send in a favorite page to share!

Email to WaterleafNewsletter@gmail.com

This month’s Facebook Favorite is :

Kyle Police Department Check out their page and “like” them!

Numbers You Should Know….

POLICE AND FIRE EMERGENCY 911

Kyle Police Dept. Non Emergency (512) 268-3232
Kyle Fire Dept. Non Emergency (512) 268-3131
Kyle Animal Control (512) 268-8800
County Line Water Supply (512) 398-4748
PEC (Electric) Emergency and Power Interruptions 1-888-883-3379

Garden Notes

Have you noticed weeds and grasses growing up thru your sidewalks and driveways? Here are three suggestions to get them under control and gone! Homemade natural recipe; 50/50 mix of 20% vinegar and orange oil with one tablespoon of molasses. This will kill any plants on contact so be careful where you use it. It is organic and safe around kids, pets and other lower forms of life.

Another option is a product called Blackjack 21. Blackjack is a 21 percent vinegar weed killer, with some extra natural ingredients added. It also includes yucca extract, olive oil, garlic oil, citrus oil and molasses along with the vinegar. Those ingredients work as sticking, wetting and emulsifying agents, which makes the vinegar work more effectively at killing weeds. Protect skin and eyes from product and keep away from children, and again avoid spraying on anything you do not wish to be gone.

Lastly, chemical spray such as RoundUp, caution around children and pets and yourself while applying. Remember all three products will destroy what is being sprayed. It is suggested to spray on a calm day with no wind.

Household Tips From Larry……

• Water damage prevention: As our homes get older, sooner or later the water valves under the sink, behind the toilets and behind the refrigerator will seep or leak. On the market are simple moisture detectors that will send out a warning of a seep or leak. Another low cost method I’ve used for years was to put a small basin or container under sinks or behind the toilets. Place the container directly under the water service valve so if and when a drip starts, the water will collect and you will hear a drip. Without it, a drip begins, is not heard and it will soak into the wood cabinet destroying wood and flooring. For two story owners this simple method can save major damage if gone unnoticed. You can also place a larger, low sided container, the size of a cookie sheet under your air condition unit. Remove the intake grate off the A/C unit and set this pan on the floor. This too will serve as a collection pan of water drips so it can be heard. In no way is the method described above designed to collect and hold water to prevent damage, but to collect so a drip drop sound can alert you.

• Simple Security: As summer begins and night time activity is on the rise, a low cost security device is your porch lights. Leave a light on all night! The cost to run a 60 W bulb for 8 hrs is 8 cents a day. They say if a burglar is on the street, he will avoid houses with lights on and take the ones that are dark.

• Shades and curtains down: We are amazed at the number of homes that keep their curtains and blinds wide open at night. Remember when it is dark out and you have your curtains and blinds wide open, your windows serve as a reflection into your house. It is very easy to see your household goods and people walking about.

Thank you Larry Simone!

COUNTY LINE WATER SUPPLY STAGE II WATER RATIONING IS IN EFFECT

Do not wash cars, boats, etc. Outside watering between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm is strictly prohibited. Customers whose address ends with an even number may water on Sundays and Thursdays. Customers whose address ends with an odd number may water on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Customers are requested to practice water conservation and to minimize or discontinue water use for non-essential purposes. Thank-you for helping to preserve our water supply sources!

From Your Neighborhood Watch Committee…..

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH has re-formed this past month. Committee members are Robert Crandall, Holly Williamson, Geri- Ann Swazey, Israel Moreno and Michele Hinojosa. Monthly meetings will meet at the Pool Pavilion Park unless otherwise noted in the Newsletter. We are working on many plans, some of which include monthly speakers and guests, neighborhood events; both whole neighborhood gatherings and individual streets or blocks. Everyone is welcome to join us! If you have any ideas, questions or comments please email us at Waterleafneighborhoodwatch@gmail.com We are still in need of block captains! If interested please let us know! Ideally there should be one block captain to every 10 – 15 houses.

Kyle Police Department Vacation Watch Program

http://www.cityofkyle.com/police/vacation-watch-program

In the battle against crime, the Kyle Police force is strengthened as we rely on the eyes and ears of over 28,000 citizens within our community. The Kyle Police Department maintains a calm, peaceful, but ever-growing city. You can help by following these simple steps to discourage thieves from making you a victim. If you are going to be out of town, complete the Vacation Watch Request Form and we will check your residence or business while you are away. Form and tips can be found on web-site above.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH would like to thank Kyle Police Department and Kyle Fire Department for spending time with us at the May monthly meeting. The police department discussed home security, giving us many ideas on how to keep our home and property safe both inside and out. We were also given a Personal Property ID Record to fill out, listing important items for record. A crime report of Waterleaf and the city was also given for the month. The fire department discussed fire safety, again for both inside and outside the home along with information on the Department itself. And of course, the kids loved the fire truck and motorcycle with sirens and lights flashing!

From Social Committee…

Following our recent meeting with the Resident Board Members, we have a new group of Co-Chairs for Social Committee; Stacy Vail, Kelly Ammann and Samantha Ackerman. I am resigning from this committee to help on other committees.

Waterleaf Movie Night

Waterleaf Movie Night

We are planning our “Movie in the Park” event for Saturday, June 22nd at dark (8:30 pm) at our Waterleaf Park. The movie is FREE and concessions will be offered at a nominal charge to help offset the cost of renting a BIG screen. So bring blanket/chairs and join your neighbors. We will be showing the PG-rated “BRAVE”.

If you have any ideas you are welcome to contact us. We always need volunteers, so if you would like to join the Social Committee or just lend a hand when you can, please contact us at waterleafsocial@gmail.com.

Box Tops For Education

Please collect your box tops for Tobias! Briana Reinertsen will be collecting these for the PTA. Look up Box Tops For Education on Facebook. Briana can be reached by email at Briana@benchmark-ins.com

Neighborhood Watch 2nd Annual 4th of July Parade!

Join us Saturday, June 29, for our holiday parade! We will meet at the City Park on Abundance at 9:30. Come in your RED, WHITE and BLUE! Decorate your bikes, pets, cars, yourself or whatever you’d like! You may enter a group you are involved with, boy/girl scouts, school/sports groups, etc. The parade will kick off at 10:00 am. We will travel from the City Park; Abundance to Holly Grove, to New Bridge and end at the Pool Park. Prizes will be given for the best decorated entries!

Please email us if you are participating in the parade so we have a count of people. If you have any questions you may email anytime!

Thanks!
Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch Basketball Tournament

The Neighborhood Watch Committee will be hosting a 3 on 3 basketball tournament on June 29th starting at 11:00 AM at the Waterleaf Falls basketball court. Email Neighborhood Watch for registration information. Prizes to be awarded!

Independence Day Celebration Fireworks Show – July 4, 2013

Join in the celebration of Independence Day as the City of Kyle once again has planned for a spectacular fireworks show. The show will be launched from Plum Creek Golf Course. See the City’s website for additional details, time, where to park in the area. Please note, no one will be allowed access to the Golf Course property or trails leading into the Course. Suggested parking sites include: paved parking lots around the intersection of Kohler’s Crossing. If you can see the water tower next to Hays CISD PAC on Kohler’s Crossing, you will have a great view of the fireworks. http://www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/independen ce-day-celebration-fireworks-show-0

Pool Committee Pool Party

Join your neighbors and the Pool Committee for a pool party! Saturday, June 8, 9:00pm to 11:00pm. This will be for 18 years old and up only. Come have an evening out with your neighbors and enjoy the pool!

HOA BOD Meeting Update

Your HOA Board of Directors met on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Full meeting notes will be available once approved at the next Board meeting on June 20, 2013, but there are several decisions we would like to share at this time.:

Per resident request, the Pool bathrooms will be available during all hours that the HOA Park area is open, from 5 AM – 10 PM, seven days a week. You will still need your pool key to access the restrooms at all times.

We have accepted a bid to improve lighting in the Park and Pavilion areas. There is not yet a start date for the work to begin. Once it does begin, we hope to see a decrease in vandalism and loitering issues around the Pavilion and Pool areas.

We have also started the process to have the pool area thoroughly cleaned and some routine maintenance completed. We hope that this will be completed in the next few weeks.

As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please contact your HOA Board at waterleafboard@gmail.com.

Thanks,
Eric and Abbye

Calendar of Events – June 2013

3 Trash and Compost Day

4 Welcome Committee Meeting 7:00 pm Pool Pavilion

8 Pool Committee Adult Pool Party 9:00pm to 11:00pm. 18 years old and up only please.

10 Trash and Recycle Day

12 Neighborhood Watch Meeting 7:00 pm Pool Pavilion. Our guest will be Kyle Animal Control, we will also be creating a banner for the 4th of July Parade, if you would like to add your handprint please attend!

14 Flag Day

16 Father’s Day

17 Trash and Compost Day

20 HOA Board Meeting 6:30pm – 8:00pm at the Pool Pavilion BYOLC (Bring Your Own Lawn Chair)

21 First Day of Summer

22 Waterleaf Movie in the Park “BRAVE” Will begin at dark 8:30 pm at the Pool Pavilion Park (see details on the Committee Updates page)

24 Trash and Recycle Day

29 Waterleaf’s 2nd Annual 4th of July Parade by Neighborhood Watch 9:30 am gather at City park Parade will start at 10:00am (see details below)

* Core Committee will not meet this month *

Waterleaf Falls Committees

We need volunteers to help with individual committees. If you are interested, please contact the chair for that committee via Facebook or email.

Social CommitteeKelly Ammann, Stacy Vail, & Samantha Ackerman

Neighborhood Watch Team: Robert Crandall, Holly Williamson, Geri-Ann Swazey, Israel Moreno, & Michele Hinojosa

Pool Committee: Tracy Scheel

Core Committee: Abbye Crandall & Eric Bauer

Communication Committee: Angela McGrady, Keeouka Rivera, & Vanessa Garcia

Welcome Committee : Briana Reinertsen

 For the PDF version of the newsletter click here: Community Newsletter June