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Posted on July 24, 2020 11:30 AM by Admin
Clothing, footwear, school supplies and other items will be sold sales tax-free during the three-day holiday, as outlined by Texas state law, according to a July 23 news release. The Texas Legislature is responsible for setting the date of the annual holiday as well as denoting which items will receive sales tax exemptions. This year’s sales tax holiday begins Friday, Aug. 7, and goes through midnight Sunday, Aug. 9.
Given the current pandemic, the Texas comptroller of public accounts has outlined measures shoppers can take while adhering to social distancing. Sales tax-exempt purchases can be made online, over the phone, by mail or via custom order during the following circumstances:
  • the item is paid for and delivered to the customer during the three-day time frame;
  • the customer orders and pays for the item, and the item is received and accepted by the seller during the three-day time frame; and
  • for immediate shipment, even when the item is delivered following the three-day time frame.
The Comptroller’s office urges all taxpayers buying certain qualifying items at their local retailers to practice appropriate social distancing as described in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines during the sales tax holiday.
For a list of qualifying items, click here.
Posted on July 21, 2020 4:00 PM by Admin
If you need to be out and about during physical distancing, please mind your sidewalk manners.
But in the age of coronavirus, there are additional rules; and so with that in mind, here are my very own Miss Manners tips for how not to hog the pavement.
  • If a sidewalk is say 10 feet wide or wider, then chances are there may be room for two people side-by-side to walk and allow someone to maintain six feet of distance while passing. But if the sidewalk is narrow or if the sidewalk is busy at all, people need to walk single file.
  • Since here in the United States we drive on the right side, walking on the right side feels natural. If everyone can agree to walk on the right side, we can avoid the bob-and-weave dance of sidewalk navigation, and avoid bumping into each other.
  • Unless you are walking on a super wide sidewalk, stay near the edge to ensure that there can be a six-foot space between yourself and a passer.
  • If you are using a scooter, hoverboard, skateboard, or bike, stay in the bike lane or street. Sidewalks can't afford the chaos right now.
  • Think of the sidewalk as a two-lane, two-way road. Don't pass someone in front of you if there is someone approaching from the opposite direction – wait for them to pass before you get in their lane.
  • Many a city citizen can eat lunch while taking a phone call while out on their daily run. But while everyone is trying to keep six feet of distance in order, it's helpful to be focused on the sidewalk, not one's phone or other distractions.
  • If you need to stop walking and attend to something, step out of the way of traffic, much like you would were you in a car.
  • If you are on the same path with an elderly person or someone who is less agile than you are, be the person who moves out of the way so that they can maintain their stride.
  • Coronavirus or not, people need to walk their dogs. But when doing so, be mindful of the leash; if the leash is stretched across the sidewalk, it can make passing hard and may be a potential tripping hazard.
  • We are all about free-range parenting here on TreeHugger ... but on the sidewalk in the midst of physical distancing during a pandemic is not the time to let them run free. Keep the kids close, especially on narrow sidewalks shared with other other pedestrians.
  • Walk single file on narrow or busy sidewalks
  • Walk on the right side
  • Walk on the edge of narrow sidewalks
  • Do not bike or scooter on sidewalks
  • Do not pass when someone is approaching from the opposite direction
  • Don't multitask
  • No sudden stops; no stopping in the middle
  • Consider the less agile people
  • Shorten the leash when necessary
  • Herd the kids
  • And if you are running...remember that just because you may be passing a pedestrian quickly, you still need to stay six feet away from said pedestrian, even if that means you have to run in big zig-zaggy arcs.
For the entire March 31, 2020 article by Melissa Breyer visit Sidewalk Etiquitte.
Posted on July 18, 2020 12:00 PM by Admin
The Little Teahouse opened in early June at 4031 FM 1463, Ste. 60, Katy, owner Jailene Salgado said. Its menu includes a variety of cream, fruit, classic and yogurt tea flavors, such as green, passion fruit, honeydew, rose, lychee, black and matcha. Coffee and smoothies are also offered, and The Little Teahouse has a food menu with grilled dumplings, crab puffs, spring rolls and chicken dishes. 832-437-9958.www.littleteahousekaty.com
Taste Buds Cereal Bar, located at 1801 N. Mason Road, Katy, held a soft opening June 19. Guests can order cereal bowls with milk topped with snacks, such as bananas, marshmallows or chocolate. Nondairy milk is also available. Additionally, the cereal bar offers cereal-infused ice cream shakes such as Fruity Frenzy and Cinnamon Craze. 346-387-6235. www.tastebudscerealbar.com
Thaicoon Restaurant & Pub began soft opening activities July 11 at 1223 Grand West Blvd., Ste. B101, Katy. The new restaurant has dishes such as pad thai, steamed mussels and tom yum shrimp as well as curry. It also has crafted dessert and cocktail menus. 281-206-7680. www.facebook.com/thaicoon-restaurant-pub-101993281382438
Houston Restaurant Weeks returns with new takeout, delivery options in 2020
Hundreds of Greater Houston-area restaurants are preparing for the return of Houston Restaurant Weeks, kicking off Aug. 1 and running through Labor Day on Sept. 7.

Launched in 2003, the annual food event allows Greater Houston-area residents to support the Houston Food Bank by dining from special multicourse prix-fixe menus at local eateries. A list of participating restaurants will be posted on the event's website July 17 and be updated with new additions through Aug. 1.

This year, $1 per meal purchased will be donated to the Houston Food Bank, which generates three meals for individuals and families in need. Dinner menus at participating restaurants offer $35-$45 options, and brunch and lunch are available for $20.

Patrons in the past have been encouraged to visit local restaurants in person, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants can now offer takeout and delivery options in addition to dine-in.
Posted on July 6, 2020 9:00 AM by Admin
Grass Treatment
Late in the month of June and early July the Association has contracted with the landscaping company to do a special treatment on the grass in Cinco Ranch II areas. What you can expect to occur during this treatment is a broadcast of herbicide in the turf in order to eradicate grassy weeds.  The grassy weeds effected will turn brown over the course of a few weeks as they are treated.   The turf will green back up in these areas following the grassy weed die off.  Since this is Summer, this process can take a little bit of time depending on weather conditions such as additional rain or excessive heat (which could speed up or slow down the regrowth process).  The end result should be a greatly reduced grassy weed presence in the overall turf of the community. 
Posted on June 30, 2020 5:00 PM by Admin
Remember when we would pack up as a family and go watch fireworks displays all over the city? We could pick from several venues. The reason we packed up to go watch fireworks is simple – it was something for the professionals and the trained. Now, you can find the same fireworks they were shooting off at local roadside tents. We were only allowed the sparklers. We have all heard stories of someone shooting off a bottle rocket and hitting a neighbor’s roof. The entire house could burn to the ground and the person (or parents of that person) is held responsible.
If we stop and think about it, there’s some real logic in letting the professionals handle fireworks. They do contain dynamite. They do not always go in the direction that you would like them to go. Even the experts always have fire trucks waiting on the sidelines. The other thing you may have noticed over the years is they never hold the fireworks. There’s always some kind of stand with a long fuse attached. The person lighting the fuse is always several yards away from the stands holding the fireworks.
It’s not as if those of us living in Cinco Ranch would discharge fireworks, we all know better. Maybe the experts have it right. We go to them, they give us a great show, we don’t get in any trouble, we don’t hurt anyone or ourselves, and we have a wonderful time. What a great way to spend a holiday! The whole point in holidays is supposed to be time with the family and celebration.
If you suspect someone of being unsafe with their fireworks please call the non-emergency sheriff's number at 281-341-4665.
Posted on June 29, 2020 10:30 AM by Admin
Categories: General
Bike safety is a big topic right now. Did you know bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers?  As a bicyclist, you should obey all traffic laws, including the following:
Stop at red lights and stop signs
Pay attention to lane markers
Ride near the curb, traveling in the same direction as traffic
Use a light on the front and a red reflector or red light on the back of your bike while riding at night
Tips for Drivers
Be on the lookout for cyclists on the highway, especially at intersections.
If you're passing a bicyclist, move to another lane if possible and give them plenty of room.
Watch for riders who may need to maneuver around potholes and debris.
Tips for Bicyclists
Wear a properly fitted helmet to reduce the chances of head injury and death. (Some cities and counties require cyclists to wear helmets. Contact local law enforcement for more information.)
Always check brakes and tires before riding.
Make it easier for drivers to see you by wearing light colors or reflective clothing.
Posted on June 15, 2020 9:00 AM by Admin
Categories: General
Posted on May 27, 2020 2:17 PM by Admin
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Posted on May 20, 2020 10:00 AM by Admin
Want to help us treat first responders to an ice cream? Moooseum has been asked to sell treats to the staff at a COVID-19 testing location on May 29. We'd love to be able to GIVE treats to the first responders. So, we're reaching out to our amazing customers to help us Give Back. Moooseum will match every dollar donated to provide treats to as many first responders as we can. Send any donation amount by Venmo to @Danielle-Forget (0063) or Apple Pay text to 713-515-0063 with the note "First Responder Donation." We're diligent with personal and food safety protocols, so no need to worry. 
Remember to encourage your student to Finish Strong. In June we're giving a free ice cream cone to anyone who brings their report card with straight A's. 
Follow us on Instagram (@Moooseum) for pop-up specials and updates. Remember to say "Follow the Moose" when you order. 
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Posted on May 5, 2020 9:00 AM by Admin
Categories: General
Dying holds a level of uncertainty. Many are afraid of pain. Some are afraid of who will care for their loved ones or pets when they are gone. It is a common fear to feel like we haven’t done enough. Hospice professionals are trained to guide you and your loved ones through the final stages of life, addressing all of your concerns so that remaining time can be enjoyed. Hospice see’s patients in many different settings – at their home, assisted living, nursing home and occasionally in the hospital.
Hospice is a philosophy of care.  It is palliative, not curative.  It is an underutilized service that has changed greatly since its inception.  Amazing Grace Hospice is here to educate the public on what hospice is and the wonderful things it can provide to the patient and their loved ones during a very difficult and emotional time.

When a patient and their family choose hospice care, a decision has been made to allow the body to follow its' natural journey through end of life.  This is not to say a patient cannot come off hospice care. If at any time a patient wants to seek aggressive measures during their hospice journey, they can simply revoke services and resume treatment for their illness.  Also, should the patient’s health improve whereby not meeting hospice eligibility, they will graduate from the program.  Hospice benefits can be reinstated at a later time if the patient’s health again declines.

Hospice care is 100% covered by Medicare Part A as well as most Medicaid and private insurance plans. Under the benefit the patient will receive the following:
  • Durable Medical equipment "related to the hospice diagnosis” such as electric beds, specialty mattresses, wheelchairs and oxygen, to name a few.
  • Supplies  such as those for incontinence care.
  • Medications used to manage symptoms related to the hospice diagnosis as well as those to relieve pain and promote comfort (ex. constipation, anxiety, sleeplessness and shortness of breath, to name a few).
  • Bereavement support for up to 13 months following the loss of a loved one on hospice.
  • Hospice offers four levels of care which are available as needed by the patient and family.
  • Routine Care- Scheduled and after hour visits by all disciplines to include physicians, RN Case Managers, hospice aides, Social Workers, Chaplains (nondenominational) and volunteers.
  • Respite Care - For patients at home. Provides up to 5 days of care at a licensed and skilled nursing facility to provide the family a much needed break.
  • Crisis Care – Placement of a nurse at patient’s bedside To treat uncontrolled symptoms.  Routine care resumes when patient becomes stable.
  • In-Patient - If symptoms cannot be controlled through crisis care the patient has the option of going  to a contracted  in-patient hospice facility for a  short term stay.

When seeking a hospice some good questions to ask:
  1. Are you Joint Commission Accredited? This is not mandatory, however, it is recognized as the Gold Seal of Approval in Healthcare and holds the hospice to a higher standard of care.
  2. How often do your nurses make visits with the patients on a routine basis?
  3. How quickly will your team arrive when a change in condition with the patient or a crisis situation is reported?
  4. What level of communication do you provide to our family and amongst your team?

Most importantly, your loved one and family deserve the highest level of care, support and respect.  You make the final decision on what is best for your family.

Jodi Lavin
Community Liaison
Amazing Grace Hospice
5502 Fourth Street
Katy, Texas 77493
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