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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.

Wal-Mart proposes new neighborhood market store in Cypress

​Plans for another Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market store in Cypress are moving forward following the approval of a letter of non-objection from Cy-Fair ISD. more »

Jan 23, 2015 12:00 PM Cy-Fair 6 Comments

Real Estate–Villages of Cypress Lakes, 77433

The Villages of Cypress Lakes is located in the northern portion of Cy-Fair ISD, north of the Mueschke Road and Hwy. 290 intersection. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Commercial development ramps up in Cypress

Several commercial development projects are underway in Cy-Fair’s master-planned communities that developers hope will transform the landscape of the community into a regional destination. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Jeff Landry opened I Do Boutique in June off House Hahl Road in Cypress.

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Impact Update—I Do Boutique

With 30 years of experience in the wedding industry under their belt, Jeff and Lisa Landry decided to open a brick and mortar store for their business, I Do Boutique, last June. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Education Update—Cy-Fair ISD begins projects from 2014 bond package

Cy-Fair ISD—Work has begun on several of the items included in CFISD’s 2014 bond referendum that was approved in May 2014. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Education Update—Board votes to lower property tax rate

CY-Fair ISD—For the first time in seven years, homeowners in Cy-Fair ISD will pay lower taxes. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Ronke and Femi Sodeinde opened All Things Party last February in Cypress.

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Impact Update—All Things Party

Femi and Ronke Sodeinde opened All Things Party last February to cater to Cypress residents who need party supplies close to home. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

The Highpoint at Cypresswood is one of several new complexes to open in Cy-Fair.

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Community Update—New jobs fueling rise in demand for apartments in Houston

As demand for multifamily units continues to rise in the Greater Houston area, developers have adapted their projects to cater to residents with new luxury apartment complexes. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Education Update—District begins work on new schools

Cy-Fair ISD—Construction has begun on Sadie Woodard Elementary School in the community of Riata Ranch. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Cy-Fair ISD officials focused on public education legislation this session

State legislators headed back to work Jan. 13 for the start of the 84th Texas legislative session, ready to tackle high-profile issues, such as transportation, property tax relief and public education. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Bart Black has worked in a number of high-end hotels and country clubs in Houston.

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Bart Black

Bart and Rachele Black opened Black’s Market Table in August to give the community a place to find rustic new American dishes made with fresh ingredients, many sourced from nearby farms. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Daikin Industries will build a new facility on a 90-acre site west of Cypress.

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Daikin Industries to build facility in northwest Harris County

Daikin Industries has announced plans to build a $417 million facility on 90 acres of land west of Cypress near Hwy. 290 and about three miles west of the Grand Parkway. more »

Jan 7, 2015 4:28 PM Cy-Fair 2 Comments

A new medical office development is planned for the southeast corner of Fry and Cypress N. Houston roads.

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New medical office development planned for Cypress

A new two-story medical office project will be developed by Mischer Investments along the Fry Road corridor in Cypress. more »

Jan 6, 2015 2:20 PM Cy-Fair

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 4 Comments

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 1 Comments

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

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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

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

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 1 Comments

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