Shawn Arrajj

Shawn joined the Community Impact team in January 2012 and serves as a reporter with the Tomball/Magnolia publication. He graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism.

Proposed landfill expansion on Fairbanks N. Houston draws opposition

Residents filled up a public meeting Oct. 23 at the Sam Houston Race Park to express a wide range of concerns over a proposed landfill expansion at 8205 Fairbanks N. Houston Road. more »

Oct 24, 2014 4:35 PM Cy-Fair

Lane closures scheduled for Hwy. 290 mainlanes and frontage roads

After opening the direct connector from Hwy. 290 eastbound to I-10 the morning of Oct. 13, the Texas Department of Transportation is continuing work this weekend on other portions of the Hwy. 290 expansion project. more »

Oct 17, 2014 3:25 PM Cy-Fair

The 100,000-sqaure-foot store opens Oct. 8 at 14100 Spring Cypress Road.

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New H-E-B opens in Cypress Oct. 8

The 100,000-sqaure-foot Grant Market will include several brand new features being tested out by the grocery store chain for the first time. more »

Oct 7, 2014 3:15 PM Cy-Fair 1 Comments

Flood control seeks public comments on overflow management plan for Cypress Creek and Addicks Reservoir

Ongoing efforts to manage stormwater overflow from Cypress Creek to the Addicks Reservoir watershed continued with a public meeting Sept. 28 hosted by the Harris County Flood Control District. more »

Oct 3, 2014 3:50 PM Cy-Fair

A rendering depicts Building 9 of the 290 Gateway Park, featuring 8,400 square feet of space and 16 parking spaces.

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Covey Ridge and CRC Real Estate break ground on office/industrial project

A new office and warehouse project is underway at the developing industrial area between Hwy. 290 and Hempstead Highway near the intersection of Hwy. 6. more »

Sep 18, 2014 5:00 PM Cy-Fair

LSCS appoints Steve Head to chancellor

The Lone Star College System board of trustees appointed Steve Head, president of LSC–North Harris, to the open chancellor position July 1. more »

Jul 9, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

IMPACT ROUNDUP: Harris County Smokehouse reopens at new location

After the Hwy. 290 expansion project left the owners of the Harris County Smokehouse with fewer parking spaces than seats in the dining room, owners Tammy and Harry Chambers decided it was time for a move. more »

Mar 30, 2015 1:45 PM Cy-Fair

Drought conditions threaten water supply in Brazoria, Galveston counties

For the past two summers, the ongoing drought in Texas has been drying up the Brazos River and threatening water supplies in the area of Brazoria and Galveston counties. more »

Mar 25, 2015 3:25 PM Pearland | Friendswood

As Texas moves closer to expanding gun rights, Lone Star College plans forums

Lone Star College officials announced they will conduct two public forums to discuss pending legislation that could expand gun rights on college campuses in Texas. more »

Mar 25, 2015 1:40 PM Cy-Fair 2 Comments

Ekrem Hyseni and Alban Bulliqi are both the owners and head chefs at the Adriatic Cafe & Italian Grill.

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IMPACT ROUNDUP: Adriatic Cafe finishes expansion

Owners Alban Bulliqi and Ekrem Hyseni celebrated the completion of an expansion project early March at Adriatic Cafe and Italian Grill. more »

Mar 18, 2015 1:15 PM Cy-Fair

Residents flocked to the Berry Center Feb. 21 for the annual Cy-Fair Home and Garden Show.

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Mar 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Gambling advocates prepare to play defense in legislative session

For the sixth straight Legislative session, Texas lawmakers have filed a bill to establish a gaming commission to oversee the development of casino gambling at resort areas, cities with more than 675,000 people and horse racing tracks. more »

Mar 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair 3 Comments

Crawfish is served by the pound with different variations of spice and flavor at Catch of the Day Seafood.

Photo by Shawn Arrajj

Catch of the Day Seafood

As Texas enters into peak crawfish season, which typically begins in early March, a longtime Jones Road seafood staple is bringing new flavors to the menu. more »

Mar 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Houston’s first special needs baseball field opens March 28 in Cy-Fair

Special needs children in the Cy-Fair area are getting ready to play ball. more »

Mar 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Upcoming senior projects to bring assisted living, memory care options

Developments catering to the growing population of seniors are moving forward in Cy-Fair, where demand for memory care services and community programs has intensified over the past year. more »

Mar 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

As the founder of Oasis Career Planning, Kelley O’Hara counsels clients on applying for jobs and college.

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Oasis Career Planning

As an independent career counselor working in the Cypress area, Kelley O’Hara said she wants to clear up a commonly held misconception about the job hunt. more »

Mar 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair 1 Comments

Mobility upgrades planned for Cypress

The Hwy. 290 expansion and the Hwy. 249 toll road are considered crucial by Harris County officials who want to decrease congestion and commute times for local residents. more »

Mar 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair 3 Comments

Lone Star College plans campus carry forums

More than 100 bills have been filed in the 84th Legislative Session related to community colleges in Texas, but few have sparked more debate than those seeking to expand campus carry laws. more »

Mar 9, 2015 3:00 PM Cy-Fair

Construction costs shape plans for development in Greater Houston area

An increase in building material costs and a shortage of skilled laborers—two problems construction companies in the Greater Houston area faced in 2014—are expected to continue in 2015. more »

Mar 4, 2015 9:30 AM , Tomball | Magnolia

Construction costs create challenges

The rising price of building materials and a shortage of skilled laborers is expected to drive up construction costs in the Greater Houston area in 2015, according to area builders and developers. more »

Mar 4, 2015 7:00 AM , Sugar Land | Missouri City

TxDOT approves Greater Houston area road projects to receive Prop. 1 funds

The Texas Department of Transportation approved 12 previously unfunded transportation projects in the Greater Houston area—three of which are in Fort Bend County—that will be funded this year as a result of the passing of Proposition 1 last November. more »

Mar 4, 2015 6:30 AM , Sugar Land | Missouri City

Prop 1 funding approved for Houston projects, including portion of Hwy. 290

The Texas Transportation Commission approved $278 million in Proposition 1 funding at the end of February for 12 projects in the Greater Houston area, including the previously unfunded expansion of Hwy. 290 from Bauer Road to FM 2920. more »

Mar 2, 2015 5:30 PM , Cy-Fair

Climbing construction costs continue to create problems for development

An increase in building material costs and a shortage of skilled laborers—two problems construction companies in the Greater Houston area faced in 2014—are expected to continue in 2015. more »

Feb 25, 2015 6:30 AM , Pearland | Friendswood

University of Houston seeks tuition bonds for new Katy area campus

The University of Houston system is looking to move forward in a big way with ongoing efforts to become The Energy University in Houston. more »

Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM Katy

Beverly Clary (center), founder of Safe Haven Animal Rescue, works with a team of local foster parents.

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Safe Haven Animal Rescue

After spending years working for animal rescue operations around Houston, Beverly Clary decided she wanted to do things her own way. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair