Mayor Proclaims Nov. 8 as Arbor Day in Pearland

ArborPearland City Council convened before the regular meeting on Oct 27 (Monday) for Mayor Tom Reid to deliver a proclamation declaring Nov. 8 as Arbor Day in Pearland.

Reid presented the proclamation for Arbor Day to Michelle Graham, Director of Pearland Parks and Recreation.

“I, Tom Reid, by the power vested in me as the Mayor of the City of Pearland, Texas, do hereby proclaim Nov 8, 2014 as Arbor Day in Pearland and I ask all citizens both near and far to join with me to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands and I urge citizens to plant and care for trees, to gladden the heart and promote the well-being of this and future generations,” Reid said.

Graham thanked Reid and said that the proclamation would help further Parks and Recreation’s efforts for Pearland to continue to be a Tree City USA. The National Arbor Day Foundation awarded this distinction to the city in 2010.

“To qualify as a Tree City USA community, a town or city must meet four standards established by The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. Those standards include the designation of a Tree Board, establishment of a community tree ordinance, implementation of a community forestry program with a designated operating budget and an annual observance of Arbor Day along with an Arbor Day proclamation by the City Council,” according to the city’s Urban Forestry website.

On Nov. 8, tree seedlings will be available for residents at the city’s Kid Fish Fest at Bass Pro Shops (1000 Bass Pro Dr) from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and at the farmer’s market at Zychlinski Park (2243 Grand Blvd) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Seedlings are free of charge, courtesy of Keep Pearland Beautiful.

For more information about Pearland’s Urban Forestry programs and Kid Fish Fest, visit Information about the farmer’s market may be found at For more information about Keep Pearland Beautiful, visit

Pearland Fire Department Provides Smoke Alarms for Residents in Need

safe_imageThrough the We’re Out to Alarm Texas program, which is a partnership between the City and the Insurance Council of Texas, the Pearland Fire Department will provide free smoke alarms to residents who can provide documentation of physical or financial need. Smoke alarms are installed on a first-come, first-serve basis to homeowners. During the installation period, Pearland firefighters will also identify possible fire hazards.

To apply, visit

Pearland Police Department Now Hiring

We’re hiring! Come join the dedicated public servants in the Pearland Police Department. More than ten entry-level police officer positions to be filled for growing, dynamic, diverse city of 110,000 residents immediately south of Houston. See requirements for test coming up on Dec. 6. Hiring incentive of $5,000 for qualified TCOLE certified police officers. Starting salary of $51,294; competitive salary for cadets while in the academy. Visit for more information!


Triplets Arrive at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital

Happy but exhausted, new parents Rina and Atul Jain welcomed triplets, (from left) Avi, Riya, and Adi, last Friday at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. Photo:  Memorial Hermann

Happy but exhausted, new parents Rina and Atul Jain welcomed triplets, (from left) Avi, Riya, and Adi, last Friday at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.
Photo: Memorial Hermann

HOUSTON (Oct. 28, 2014) – In just one day, the size of Rina and Atul Jain’s family more than doubled. The couple’s triplets – two boys and a girl – were delivered by cesarean section at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital on October 24, 2014.

“While I know she is tired, Rina is doing great and has lots of support from her husband and both sets of new grandparents,” said Thomas F. Rowe, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., who is Rina’s obstetrician and specializes in high risk deliveries. “The babies are very healthy and were able to stay in her room, instead of the higher level of care in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, out of approximately 4 million births, there are only about 5,500 triplet births each year in the United States.

“Twins do run in both of our families, but triplets were definitely a surprise,” said Rina, who delivered the triplets at 35 weeks and one day. “Dr. Rowe couldn’t have been better throughout my pregnancy and the delivery; he has such a calm, caring manner that made us feel instantly at ease and less anxious.”

Board certified in obstetrics, gynecology, and maternal fetal medicine, Rowe performs preconception counseling, management of complicated pregnancies, first and second trimester genetic screening, abnormal genetic screening results, prenatal diagnosis, screening and targeting ultrasounds, fetal echocardiograms, and in utero therapy.

The Jain boys, Adi and Avi, are identical twins and weighed five pounds, five ounces and five pounds, three ounces respectively. Their little sister, Riya, was born last and weighed four pounds, 11 ounces.

“While Riya is the smallest, she is the most active and makes the cutest faces when she’s sleeping,” said Rina. “We are happy, excited, and have so much love for each of our precious babies.”

“The nurses and staff at Memorial Hermann Southeast have been so friendly, knowledgeable, and understanding about everything we’re going through,” said Atul. “Even the little things like sleep – the first night, the nurses fed the babies so we get a short nap.”

With its partner, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Memorial Hermann Southeast operates a Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic offering such high-risk obstetrical services as prenatal testing, genetic consultation, pre-pregnancy counseling, and specialized fetal care. Available diagnostic testing includes comprehensive and targeted fetal ultrasound, amniocentesis, fetal biophysical profile, non-stress tests, umbilical artery Doppler studies, DNA and enzyme analysis, and specialized laboratory diagnostics.

“Our patients are our top priority,” said Women’s & Children’s Services Director Nikole Keenan, R.N., B.S.N. “We are concerned about high level issues, as well as patient and family specific items. These might be minor for us, but make a big difference to the patient and her family.”

After delivery, new mothers are transferred to the hospital’s Mother-Baby Unit for couplet care, which allows mothers and newborns to remain together throughout their stay. The unit features private rooms, a highly sophisticated security monitoring system, and experienced, neonatal nursing staff.

In addition to Rowe and his colleague, Linda A. Goodrum, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., who is also board certified in obstetrics, gynecology, and maternal fetal medicine, the medical staff at Memorial Hermann Southeast includes neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, and a specialized team of nurses, therapists, pharmacists, dietitians, and social workers working together in its Family Centered Care environment.

Memorial Hermann Southeast is equipped to care for most infants 28 weeks and older in its Level III NICU. In the event a baby needs a higher level of care, Memorial Hermann Life Flight® offers a dedicated Neonatal Transport Team to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Keller Williams Hosts Safe Halloween Trick or Treat Event


Tell your neighbors, tell your friends! Bring the family for an early start to Halloween with Keller Williams Realty, Pearland. Join us this Friday from 3 to 5 pm. Parade our Office for a safe Trick or Treat event.
2734 Sunrise Blvd. Suite 208.

PHS to Host Annual Tennis-a-Thon Nov 8

On Saturday, Nov. 8, the Pearland High School tennis team will host its Eighth Annual Tennis-a-Thon at the Pearland High School tennis courts.

Admission to the 12-hour event is free.

Proceeds support the Oiler tennis team and a portion of all funds raised are donated to local charities.

“We have been very successful with the tennis-a-thon in the past,” said coach Robert Stiles, now in his eighth year as the Oilers’ head coach.

“This year we have our sights set on raising $10,000 which would make this the most successful fundraiser in the history of Pearland’s tennis program.”

The tennis-a-thon allows the community the chance to challenge any PHS player to a game for a donation.

Anyone interested in attending the tennis-a-thon should arrive at the Pearland High School tennis courts after 8:30 a.m. on Saturday November 8th.

The event lasts until 8:30 p.m.

More information is available from Lane Lowrey at or at (713) 392-6957 or Ginger Pearson at or at (512) 913-0782.

Fire Station 3 Under Construction


Have you driven by lately and noticed the progress on the city’s new Fire Station? Fire Station 3 will be located at Yost Road and Broadway. The 10,726 square foot facility will be designed to support up to two pumper trucks, one ladder truck, one rescue truck and up to two ambulances. It will accommodate the 24-hour operational needs of a full time staff, including the provision of 10 dormitory rooms, a kitchen/ dining area/ day room, offices, bunker gear, restrooms, three double deep pull-thru bays and other related support spaces.

In keeping with the City’s hurricane response staging strategy, the building is designed to withstand 140 mph/three second gusts and includes emergency power provided by a gas generator. The station is expected to open in early 2015.

Pearland Raises Water Rates

If you notice a bump in this month’s water bill it’s not a misprint. During the Pearland City Council’s discussions leading up to the adoption of the 2014-2015 budget, it was decided that the city’s water rates would be increased.

Residents were sent out a notice on Sept. 29 informing them of this hike, which went into effect when the new fiscal year started on Oct 1.

Residents that use less than 2,000 gallons per month will not be affected and the groups that will see the most increase are multi-use residences and commercial businesses.

Residential rate changes are as follows: