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.

Sample Cypress event to bring together local businesses

More than 30 local business owners in Cy-Fair will come together March 8 for the inaugural Sample Cypress event at Pink Salon. more »

Feb 27, 2015 11:35 AM

Christy Conrad (second from left) opened Texas National Outfitters in Katy in 2012.

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Texas National Outfitters

A love for all things Texan inspired Christy Conrad to open Texas National Outfitters in 2012, a boutique that specializes in custom boots, leather products and other unique Texas gift items. more »

Feb 26, 2015 12:00 AM Katy

The shrimp po’boy is served with lettuce, tomato and choice of condiments. ($8.99)

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Seafood on the Geaux

With a menu full of catfish and shrimp dinners, po’boys and authentic Cajun-inspired food, Seafood on the Geaux has something for everyone. more »

Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM Katy 1 Comments

Vegetarian food truck debuts in Cy-Fair

Although there are a number of food truck cuisine options in Houston, Bloom Kitchen & Garden on Louetta Road is dedicated solely to vegetarian comfort food. more »

Feb 20, 2015 2:05 PM Cy-Fair

Seller’s market in Greater Houston area expected to normalize in 2015

Following a year of record-low inventories and home sales in the Greater Houston area, Cy-Fair real estate agents expect demand to continue in 2015. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Madison Nicole Robinson was inspired by her love for the beach for the FishFlops line.

Courtesy Madison Robinson


For the past eight years, Madison Nicole Robinson has worked to launch a successful line of shoes and strengthen her FishFlops brand, all while attending school as a Cy-Fair ISD student. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Partnership aims to prep students in Cy-Fair for life after high school

With more emphasis being placed on making students college and career ready due to state legislation like House Bill 5, Cy-Fair ISD and Lone Star College–CyFair have teamed up to form a local P-16 council. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Legislature grapples with expanding state pre-K program this session

Although half-day pre-K education in Texas began in the 1980s, if some state legislators who have filed bills on the issue have their way, full-day pre-K could become a possibility—a proposal that has support from Cy-Fair ISD officials. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

From the editor—February 2015

Living in Houston, it is nearly impossible not to know someone who works in oil and gas as nearly 40 percent of the jobs in this region come from the energy industry. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Alyssa Ramsey sells bracelets, necklaces and anklets through ARL Pearls.

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ARL Pearls

Over the last year, 16-year-old Alyssa Ramsey has sold thousands of pieces of pearl jewelry to customers across the country through her business, ARL Pearls. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

The construction of the railroad in 1856 through Cypress Top was a catalyst for future development.

Courtesy Cypress Historical Soci

Houston Texas & Central Railway

A look at the history of Cypress reveals one moment that stands out from the rest as the single biggest catalyst for growth: the arrival of the rail line. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Experts remain optimistic amid falling oil prices

The drop in oil prices over the last six months has been welcome news for many drivers at the gas pump. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Whitehurst Heritage Farms sits on 100 acres of land off Grant Road. Egg-laying hens and meat chickens are set up in mobile pasture pens across the farm, keeping them warm at night and safe from predators.

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Whitehurst Heritage Farms

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Hwy. 290 traffic and new development in Cypress, Whitehurst Heritage Farms sits on 100 acres of pasture and wooded land, unbeknownst to most who drive past. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

The candy bar mocha comes in three sizes.

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Candy bar mocha

Drizzled with chocolate and topped with whipped cream, Plum Coffee’s candy bar mocha is sure to tempt anyone’s sweet tooth with a combination of vanilla, chocolate and hazelnut flavors. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

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

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

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

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

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