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

The Shack opening second Cypress restaurant at former P.O.s Burgers site

Owner Joe Duong said he hopes to open the new restaurant around mid-February. more »

Jan 29, 2015 1:50 PM

The groundbreaking for the upcoming Memorial Hermann hospital in Cypress took place Jan. 22. The first phase is expected to be complete early 2016.

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Memorial Hermann breaks ground on new Cypress hospital and care center

Members of the Cypress community celebrated with Memorial Hermann officials at the groundbreaking for a new hospital and Convenient Care Center Jan. 22. more »

Jan 26, 2015 10:35 AM Cy-Fair

Brothers Alan (left) and Eric Rice run a joint trading post and coffee shop on Jones Road.

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Business Update—New Life Trading Post/Rice Brothers Coffee

Brothers Eric and Alan Rice have lived and raised families in Cy-Fair, and both have found careers where they can connect with the community in different ways. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

The 2015 Jersey Village City Council (from left): Councilwoman Sheri Sheppard, Mayor Rod Erskine, Councilman Justin Ray and Councilman Harry Beckwith III. Not pictured: Councilman Tom Eustace and Councilman Greg Holden.

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City Update—City of Jersey Village

City officials selected a Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee comprising Jersey Village residents, and led by consultant Freese and Nichols Inc. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM , Cy-Fair

Community Update—LSC bond projects on tap for 2015

Officials with Lone Star College–CyFair are entering the initial planning stages for new projects related to the $485 million bond referendum that passed in November. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Justin Baker has opened two Anytime Fitness locations in Cy-Fair since 2013.

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Business Update—Anytime Fitness

Less than one year after opening their first gym in Cypress in July 2013, Justin and Jennifer Baker had a second location up and running at Vintage Park. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Customers at eT Craft Burgers and Beer in Cy-Fair can customize nearly every aspect of their burger—from the meats to the spreads to toppings, such as bacon and jalapenos.

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Impact Update—eT Craft Burgers and Beer

Craft beer, a term familiar to most beer drinkers, describes beer made by small local breweries as opposed to large-scale producers. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Han Thik has been serving seafood and Cajun dishes at Mini’s Seafood and Steak since May.

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Dining Update—Mini’s Seafood and Steak

When Cy-Fair residents Han Thik and Vanney Chin opened their own restaurant in May 2014, the couple poured everything they had into the venture. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

The 2015 Harris County Comissioners, (from top left): Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman, Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle, Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack, Judge Ed Emmett, and Precinct 1 Commissioner El Franco Lee

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County Update—Harris County Commissioners

Commissioners Court and the city of Houston moved forward on a decision to build a central processing center for the jail, following a November 2013 bond referendum. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM , Cy-Fair

Construction costs shape plans for development in Greater Houston area

Two big challenges construction companies and builders in the Greater Houston area encountered in 2014 are expected to continue in 2015. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

The owners of Adriatic Cafe and Italian Grill have been experimenting with new off-menu items like steak arrabiata.

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Dining Update—Adriatic Cafe & Italian Grill

Growth is the theme for Alban Bulliqi and Ekrem Hyseni, owners of the Adriatic Cafe and Italian Grill in Cy-Fair, where a business boom has resulted in not only the addition of new items to the menu, but the addition of more square footage to the res more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Jersey Village looks to certificates of obligation to keep Hwy. 290 plans moving

The city of Jersey Village is considering issuing $8 million in certificates of obligation to help pay for land acquisition related to Hwy. 290 construction within city limits. more »

Jan 20, 2015 5:40 PM Cy-Fair

Cy-Fair Chamber event to recognize business, community leaders

The Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for “A Night of Celebration,” its annual event to install new board members and recognize business leaders in the community. more »

Jan 8, 2015 2:25 PM Cy-Fair

Ground breaks on large-scale industrial project in Northwest Houston

Sitting on 127 acres and promising 1.9 million square feet of space when fully developed, Fallbrook Pines is the largest industrial project under construction in the Greater Houston area. more »

Jan 2, 2015 11:40 AM Cy-Fair

Inventory at Rise Cupcakes features several staple flavors as well as rotating seasonal flavors.

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Rise Cupcakes

When Brittany Todd told her parents about her desire to open her own bakery after high school, they encouraged her to go to college instead. more »

Dec 18, 2014 12:00 AM Pearland | Friendswood

James Gilcrease takes over as new Alvin ISD superintendent

The task of brining a new superintendent to Alvin ISD ended in November with the hire of James “Buck” Gilcrease. more »

Dec 17, 2014 8:00 AM Pearland | Friendswood

Frank Maher, assistant fire chief with Jersey Village Fire Department, helped bring in a 9/11 memorial.

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Frank Maher

To be able to dedicate 40 years of service to one institution is a rare milestone achieved by very few people in life. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Jersey Village has been hosting planning meetings to discuss the city’s comprehensive plan updates.

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Comprehensive plan meetings focus on transit, land use in Jersey Village

As officials in Jersey Village continue to work on updating the city’s comprehensive plan, a planning committee composed of 12 appointed individuals has been discussing big issues facing the city, as well as goals to address them. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Cy-Fair 1 Comments

Joe Daigle, owner of Shooting Sports Texas, welcomes a returning customer to his range.

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Shooting Sports Texas

The idea of Shooting Sports Texas—a shooting range and gun shop on the border of Cy-Fair and Tomball—was first suggested by the wife of owner Joe Daigle in early 2013. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Cy-Fair 1 Comments

Matthew Harris took ownership of Natural Dawg Cuisine in Cypress earlier this year.

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Natural Dawg Cuisine

As an owner of multiple pets, Matthew Harris understands the connection people develop with their four-legged friends. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Cy-Fair