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

Jersey Village finds new recycling service, aims to increase participation

The service, which starts May 20, offers residents larger, 65-gallon bins with covers and wheels and does not require recyclable items to be sorted. more »

Apr 22, 2015 2:30 PM Cy-Fair

Growth has hit private schools in Northwest Houston.

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Private schools plan expansions

Increased demand for private and parochial schools in Northwest Houston has resulted in capital campaigns at schools in Cy-Fair, Spring and Tomball to raise money for much-needed expansion projects more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Cleaning up abandoned buildings on FM 1960 helps beautify the area while having positive direct and  indirect effects on the local economy, tax base and reducing crime rates, Harris County officials said.

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County revitalization efforts target abandoned property along FM 1960

The FM 1960 thoroughfare in northwest Harris County has been the target of several cleanup initiatives over the past few years by law enforcement agencies in the area. more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

TxDOT to host public hearings on Hwy. 290 adjustment as work continues

The Texas Department of Transportation plans to host a series of public hearings late this summer to go over proposed changes to the Hwy. 290 lane configuration in an ongoing expansion project. more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Hot jasmine tea is a favorite at Creapeshun.

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Hot jasmine tea

People who are used to drinking tea made from a tea bag are in for something a little different at Cy-Fair teahouse Creapeshun, where all teas are made authentically with fresh imported leaves from China. more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Director, Harris County Toll Road Authority

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Gary Trietsch

Hired as director for the Harris County Toll Road Authority in August, Gary Trietsch knows the challenges of mobility on Texas roads like few others. more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Legislators discuss solutions related to transportation funding shortfall

Texas voters sent a message to legislators last November on the need for transportation funding when Proposition 1 was passed with 80 percent approval, redirecting $1.7 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to the State Highway Fund. more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM , Cy-Fair

A forum addressing proposed laws to expand gun rights at colleges drew hundreds of Lone Star College students, faculty and members of the community to the LSC-CyFair Conference Center on March 31.

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Community crowds LSC Conference Center for forum on campus carry

As state legislators move closer to expanding gun rights at public colleges and universities, Lone Star College System officials conducted two public forums to educate the community on the proposed laws and gather feedback. more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady visited leaders with Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital April 10 to discuss advocacy issues and challenges in the region.

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U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady discusses Medicare reform, advocacy issues with Methodist hospital officials

Leaders with the Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital met with U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, April 10 to discuss advocacy issues related to health care in the region. more »

Apr 14, 2015 2:50 PM Cy-Fair

Lone Star College down to three candidates in search for new Montgomery president

The three remaining candidates will meet with students, faculty, staff and the community at a series of forums through April 23. more »

Apr 14, 2015 10:20 AM The Woodlands

Community crowds LSC Conference Center for forum on campus carry

As state legislators move closer to expanding gun rights at public colleges and universities, Lone Star College System officials conducted two public forums to educate the community on the proposed laws and gather feedback. more »

Apr 8, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Councilman Justin Ray in line to become next Jersey Village Mayor, city seeks council replacement

As the only candidate to have filed in the race for Jersey Village Mayor this May, Councilman Justin Ray said he is at the point in his life where he is ready to strengthen his commitment to the community and his neighbors. more »

Apr 6, 2015 4:15 PM Cy-Fair

Hundreds of students, faculty and community members gathered at the LSC-CyFair Conference Center March 31 for a forum on proposed campus carry laws.

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Community fills up Lone Star College for campus carry forum

A March 31 forum at LSC-CyFair featured an overview of the two bills—House Bill 937 and Senate Bill 11—and a discussion of the pros and cons if they were to pass. more »

Apr 1, 2015 12:30 PM Cy-Fair 1 Comments

Ongoing drought threatens Fort Bend Co. water supply

The near seven-year drought in Texas has been drying up major portions of the Brazos River, which has caused a decline in water levels and is threatening water supplies in Fort Bend, Brazoria and Galveston counties. more »

Apr 1, 2015 7:00 AM , Sugar Land | Missouri City

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 3 Comments

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

Photos by Connor Hyde

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

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