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Marie Leonard

Marie Leonard

Marie has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since June 2011 and serves as editor for the Northwest Houston edition. Originally from Dallas, she reports on issues involving Cy-Fair ISD, Harris County and all things Northwest Houston.

Construction is expected to begin on the addition of toll lanes on portions of Hwy. 288 by late next summer.

Photo by Jesse Mendoza

Hwy. 288 toll lanes scheduled to improve mobility, ease congestion

The installation of toll lanes on congestion-riddled Hwy. 288 will begin by late summer 2015. more »

Dec 18, 2014 12:00 AM Pearland | Friendswood

Fireworks a concern in Harris County

Every Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve, sparks of light can be seen in the sky above many residential neighborhoods because of the lack of regulation surrounding fireworks in unincorporated Harris County. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

State Comptroller Susan Combs presented financial data to Cy-Fair ISD officials in February.

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Cy-Fair ISD earns fifth 5-star rating from state comptroller

Cy-Fair ISD is one of 46 school districts statewide to receive a five-star rating from state Comptroller Susan Combs for academic and financial performance for the 2013–14 year. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Nite of Lights

For the past 37 years, residents in the community of Prestonwood Forest in northwest Harris County have decorated their homes for the holidays with each street taking on a unique theme. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

From the Editor-December 2014

The holiday season has been in full swing for several weeks, and if you’re anything like me, you probably still have several presents left on your list to purchase. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

The blackened pasta Alfredo ($5.99) is one new item offered at the Catfish Station’s new location.

Photos by Marie Leonard

Catfish Station

When childhood friends Rich Hunter and Tre Thomas went into business together in 2004, they were operating out of a mobile concessions trailer in Houston’s Third Ward. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Cy-Fair ISD teachers, parents adjust to new state math curriculum

At the start of the 2014–15 school year, the state’s math curriculum received its first major overhaul since 1998, resulting in frustration from many parents and teachers across the state. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Wal-Mart will open a new 41,000-square-foot neighborhood market Jan. 21 off Barker Cypress Road.

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Wal-Mart to open new neighborhood market store in Cypress by January

A new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market store is set to open Jan. 21 at the northeast corner of Barker Cypress Road and Longenbaugh Drive. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Craft brewery coming to Willowbrook area

For the last 10 years, Bryce Baker, Jeff Handojo and Brandon Moss have experimented with homebrewing beer—a hobby that paid off as the friends prepare to open their own brewery in the Willowbrook area. more »

Dec 16, 2014 4:00 PM Cy-Fair 1 Comments

The master-planned community of Elyson will be constructed near FM 529 and the Grand Parkway.

Shawn Epps

Newland Communities to develop community between Cypress, Katy

More than 6,000 new homes will be constructed in the next 10 to 12 years along the Grand Parkway between Cypress and Katy as part of a new master-planned community called Elyson. more »

Nov 26, 2014 10:00 AM Katy

Harris County clinics see benefits from restored funds for mental health

Efforts to expand mental health services in Harris County have been ongoing since the close of the 2013 legislative session when $332 million was restored to mental health services in Texas. more »

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM , Cy-Fair

New direct connector ramp from Hwy. 290 to I-10 now open to drivers

One major Hwy. 290 expansion project milestone was reached in mid-October when the new direct connector ramp from Hwy. 290 eastbound to I-10 opened to drivers. more »

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Memorial Hermann will break ground early next year on a new campus off Hwy. 290 in the Fairfield area.

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Construction to begin in early 2015 on Memorial Hermann’s Cypress campus

Memorial Hermann is set to begin construction on Phase 1 of a 32-acre hospital campus in Cypress early next year. more »

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM Cy-Fair 2 Comments

The master-planned community of Elyson will be constructed near FM 529 and the Grand Parkway.

Photo by Shawn Epps

Newland Communities to develop community between Cypress, Katy

More than 6,000 new homes will be constructed in the next 10 to 12 years along the Grand Parkway between Cypress and Katy as part of a new master-planned community called Elyson. Newland Communities is developing the 3,600-acre project. more »

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM Cy-Fair 1 Comments

Karen Babineaux (left) and Lisa Sprague opened The Hidden Cellar in 2013 off House Hahl Road.

Photo by Marie Leonard

The Hidden Cellar

Whether celebrating an event with friends, listening to live music every weekend or watching a football game with a glass of wine or beer, The Hidden Cellar offers something for everyone. more »

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

The Houston Methodist Cypress Emergency Care Center is set to open in the Fairfield area early next fall.

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Houston Methodist Willowbrook to build new emergency care center

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital broke ground Nov. 17 on a 9,600-square-foot freestanding emergency care facility in Cypress. more »

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Cy-Fair ISD trustees approve namesake for Science Resource Center

Cy-Fair ISD trustees honored long-time former employee Charlotte Burns on Nov. 10 when the board officially approved her as the namesake for the district’s Science Resource Center. more »

Nov 12, 2014 6:10 PM Cy-Fair

County clinics see benefits from restored mental health dollars

Efforts to expand mental health services in Harris County have been ongoing since the close of the 2013 legislative session when $332 million was restored to mental health services in Texas. more »

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM , Spring | Klein

New master-planned community to spur development along Grand Parkway

More than 6,000 new homes will be constructed in the next 10 to 12 years along the Grand Parkway between Cypress and Katy as part of the master-planned community Elyson. more »

Nov 11, 2014 4:13 PM Cy-Fair

Harris, Montgomery county clinics benefit from mental health dollars

The 83rd Texas Legislature restored $332 million to fund mental health and substance use disorders for the 2014-15 biennium. more »

Nov 5, 2014 10:25 AM , Tomball | Magnolia