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During a Texans’ game earlier this month, Cliff Betcher was surprised by Operation FINALLY HOME with a mortgage-free home in return for his service as a U.S. Army Specialist. Located in Bridgeland and constructed by Beazer Homes, the new, custom-built home has been designed especially for Betcher, his wife Wynee and
their seven-year-old son.
Betcher was raised in Denton, Texas, and graduated from Justin High School. After starting college at the University of North Texas in Denton, he realized he had another purpose and chose to serve his country. He answered that call and joined the Texas Army National Guard in 2005 as an Armor Crewman, serving for seven years. In 2006, he was deployed to Iraq where he served a 15-month tour of duty.
If one of your 2017 goals is to purchase a home, it’s time to start preparing yourself financially. One of the major factors that goes into getting approved for a home mortgage is your credit score and credit history. All lenders will look at your credit worthiness to determine how much they will lend to you.
Chili connoisseurs will find themselves in a heated competition Saturday, Jan. 14 at the eighth-annual cook-off at Bridgeland, where residents and local contestants will battle for the title of “Chili Champion.” The yearly event not only offers local chefs a chance to vie for bragging rights, but also gives challengers and attendees a chance to meet and mingle with neighbors and community members.
Contestants can begin cooking as early as 6 a.m. at Oak Meadow Park in Bridgeland at 17730 House Hahl on the day of the event. After the panel has selected the first through seventh place victors, tastings will be opened to the public at noon and event goers can select the “People’s Choice’ winner.
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Celebrate the holidays with a free, public Artisan Farmers Market on Sunday, December 11, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the community’s Lakeland Activity Center.
From unique artwork to local, seasonal surprises, Bridgeland’s Farmers Market offers Houstonians a fun experience, rain or shine.
Bridgeland has more than doubled the number of tenants at its first commercial center, signing eight new tenants to Lakeland Village Center®, including the first Pizza Cucinova Italian restaurant in Texas. Located adjacent to Lakeland Heights, the two-acre village center offers more than 84,000 square feet of mixed-use development. It is the first of several village centers planned in the acclaimed master planned community. All of the village centers will include dining, retail, medical offices and employment opportunities.
Joining Pizza Cucinova at Lakeland Village Center will be Best Brains, Bridgeland Fine Wines, Cypress Endodontics, Envoy Mortgage, Great Clips, Pinot’s Palette and Select Physical Therapy. The new additions join the center’s five existing tenants: CVS/pharmacy®, Active Life Dentistry, Bridgeland Council, Marble Slab Creamery, Nails of America and RE/MAX.
“We are adding a strong mix of businesses to the community which will further enhance the exceptional lifestyle at Bridgeland,” said Heath Melton, Vice President of Master Planned Communities. “We are especially proud of the diverse group of retailers, many with strong local ties to the community.”
A bridge has more than just aesthetic appeal – it’s a way to get from one place to another. In our community, bridges also symbolize the ability to make connections and imagine alternatives, while also representing balance and transformation.
In addition to enhancing connectivity within Bridgeland, our bridges, architecturally, visually and symbolically, are a strong thematic element, and a metaphor for the guiding principles of the community. Read about them below.
“I was not a combat trooper, so I was never wounded or shot at. My job in Vietnam was mechanized stock control. We had the first wave of computers, and although It would seem like a manual process now, it was really the beginning of computer automation.
I’m a commander at VFW post 8905 now and we were encouraged to bring pictures of us from when we were in service. Well, I had told my pals what a bad guy I was back then. When they saw me behind a computer with my white tennis shoes on, I never heard the end of it.”
-Dennis Mathews, E-5 in the U.S. Army and resident #164.
“I originally signed up for three years, but I eventually went on to serve 10 and-a-half years on the enlisted side and 10-and-a-half years as an officer.
This was the first time, since joining the Marine Corps in 1983, that I got to choose where we lived. Our Realtor showed me three communities in Cypress, but Bridgeland was so opulent and beautiful. A year ago this week, we moved in. I remember going to Pope Elementary for my son’s Veteran’s Day recital, and I didn’t know what to expect. They recited the pledge, sang the National Anthem and then each grade presented its own patriotic song. I was really moved by that. I’ve lived all across the US, and this place is special.”
-Jeff Mares, who traveled to 67 different countries during his time in service. Jeff’s wife, Aimee, is also a retired Marine who served for 20 years.