Memorial Hermann Hosts “Superhero Day” Nov 8

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Join Topper, H-E-Buddy and others as Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Pearland, H-E-B Plus and the YMCA host an enchanting and ever so adventurous Superhero Day for the little ones in your life.

November 8 from 11am – 2pm

10905 Memorial Hermann Dr. Pearland, TX 77584

Admission is FREE!

  • All attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superheroes.
  • Meet local superheroes such as firefighters, emergency medical personnel, police officers and the Memorial Hermann Life Flight team.
  • Have a fun-filled afternoon, including an entertainment stage with special performances by Precision Dance Academy led by owner/instructor Alicia McGee, music, games, prizes, food and much, much more.

 

CAP of Greater Pearland 3rd Annual “Boo-gie Nights” Bash Oct 24

CAP of Greater Pearland will be hosting their third annual Boo-gie Nights Halloween Costume Party October 24th at Golf Crest Country Club in Pearland. This is sure to be a Howling Event! All proceeds benefit CAP of Pearland.

Ghosts and witches and creatures of fright, don’t miss the call of the 3rd Annual CAP of Pearland Halloween Costume Party 2014. Come one, come all in the threads of the season! If you miss this bash, ’tis an act of treason! Be here by seven and meet your ghoulie friends! Wear your scariest, sexiest, or comic hero for the title of “Best Costume 2014″.

Casino will start promptly at 7pm to help cure your Vegas itch and use your winnings for live auction items. Don’t care for the casino? Then dance the night away! So bring your blue suede shoes to rock the night!

About CAP:

Community Assistance Program (CAP) of Greater Pearland is a project of the 2010 Leadership Pearland Class. Its mission is to meet the needs of the Pearland community while promoting leadership and business networking opportunities. The group’s focus is to raise awareness of the struggles that some residents face on a daily basis. Secondly, CAP provides funds and resources to help these individuals get back on their feet or deal with the crisis they are facing.

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Who Exactly IS Clarence E. Sasser?

Clarence_Sasser_speaking_2010Have you been to the new park on Southfork and wondered about its namesake, Clarence E. Sasser? Living Congressional Medal of Honor winners are very rare, and Brazoria County is home to one such hero.

Here is a link to information about Mr. Sasser: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Sasser.

JJ Watt Encourages Shadow Creek Titans

Houston Texans star J.J. Watt saw a little league football practicing at a park in Pearland and he decided to stay there and speak with the kids spreading encouragement and wisdom. Check out this motivational talk he gave to the Shadow Creek Titans Juniors’ team. (Credit: YouTube/Brian Horn)

Early Voting Begins Oct 20

Early voting for the November 4 elections begins this Monday Oct 20. Brazoria County has historically had extremely low voter turnout. Below are some resources to learn about candidates, where and when to vote:

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See you at the polls!

District Clerk, FBI Warn Public About Jury Duty Scam

PRESS RELEASE

Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel and the FBI in Houston urged southeast Texas residents not to be duped by con men who pose as police officers and demand that callers pay fines for purportedly missing jury service.

A local resident was recently tricked out of $250 by such a phone scam. The scam died down after it started occurring late last year, but it has recently resurfaced in Houston and dozens of others states, prompting Daniel and the FBI to warn the public.

Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel said he requested the FBI’s help in investigating the crimes because “these criminals are giving jury service a black eye. Innocent, hard-working people have been tricked into giving these con artists money. They need to be behind bars.”

FBI Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner, head of the FBI’s Houston office, said one of the best ways to curb the scam is to inform the public not to fall prey to it.

“We’ve seen variations of this scam hit unsuspecting residents across the country,” Special Agent Turner said. “These scammers are using fear and intimidation to pressure victims into paying them money, and they often move from state to state very quickly to avoid detection. Educating yourself on the latest scams is the best defense, and remember – law enforcement authorities will never demand you pay a fine by phone.”

People should report scammers’ calls to the District Clerk’s jury service operation at 713-755-6392 and to your local police or the FBI. Tips to the FBI also may be submitted online at https://tips.fbi.gov. All tipsters may remain anonymous.

Daniel said he contacted the FBI after learning that similar scams were occurring recently in dozens of states, including California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Michigan, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

In many instances, the scam artist says he is a local police officer and often gives the name of a real local police officer and a badge number.

Daniel said the District Clerk’s Office never contacts people by phone to say that they have not appeared for jury service, never asks people to pay fines and never asks people to give debit account information, personal identification information or other sensitive information on the phone.

“If you receive such calls, do not give these con men any money or debit card information,” Daniel said.

A northwest Houston man informed the DCO that he was recently duped out of $250 by a caller who said he was a law enforcement officer seeking to collect a fine that the man owed for missing jury service. The caller threatened to send two officers to arrest him if he didn’t pay the fine.

The northwest Houston man said he was frightened so he carried out the caller’s instructions: He went to a Walgreens and put $250 on a prepaid debit card. The caller stayed on the phone with the Houston man for an hour while he traveled to the store and went in. The caller hung up only after the man read the debit card number over the phone.

The northwest Houston said the caller knew his address and did a good job of scaring him.

Earlier this year, a Galleria-area woman informed the DCO that she was tricked out of $350 during a similar scam. The woman said she came home one day to find several messages on her answering machine from a man who said he was Capt. Terry Griffin from 1200 Baker St. – the real address of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

“Capt. Griffin” told her she had failed to report for jury service and that she should appear before state District Judge Randy Wilson – a real judge – at 1201 Franklin St. – the real address of the Harris County Criminal Justice Center.

“Capt. Griffin” told her that she would be arrested if she didn’t pay the fine. He told her the fine was $350 and that he would accept a green dot prepaid debit card.

The caller stayed on the phone with her, and she put $350 on the card and gave him the number on the back. He even called her back later and said she owed more money, but she was not tricked a second time.

The jury service scam is occurring all over the U.S. In Georgia earlier this month, Ivan Cain Hamilton, 28, was charged with duping numerous victims out of at least $10,000 by posing as an officer trying to collect fines for missing jury service. Where do authorities say Hamilton ran his scheme from? From behind bars at a Georgia state prison.

An Arizona woman in her 80s was tricked out of $6,500 recently by a jury service scam, the Sierra, Ariz., Herald reported last week.

Daniel said, “These con men need to be caught, but they are difficult to catch because they often use disposable phones.”

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Silverlake Lions Add a Woman’s Roar to Service

 (L-R) President Delores Fenwick, Past President Carol Purdy, Secretary Jackie Lorena, Membership Chair Theta Cessac.


(L-R) President Delores Fenwick, Past President Carol Purdy, Secretary Jackie Lorena, Membership Chair Theta Cessac.

The Silverlake Lions Club consists of 65 women between the ages of 30 – 90 who all strive to encompass the Lions Club International motto of “We Serve.” The Club was chartered by 22 members in July 2004.

According to the website, Lions Club International’s history dates back to the early 1900s. “In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones’ group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed.

After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the “Association of Lions Clubs,” and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and a code of ethics were approved. Within three years, Lions became an international organization.”

Lions Clubs have been traditionally male, and women were not allowed to join at all until 1985. Wives of Lions served as support to the Clubs as “Lionesses,” a type of Ladies’ Auxiliary. Since 1985, most clubs around the world have accepted female members who call themselves Lions.

Charter member and current Membership Chair Theta Cessac liked the idea of an all-female Club. “The reason I thought about forming a Lions Club is because the mission, goals and objectives are good for small communities, but having a worldwide organization can be more effective than just one little club,” she said. “I also liked the idea of an all-female club. There’s a different energy, and it works.”

Cessac had chartered an all-female Lions Club in Bacliff before she returned to Pearland to do the same. They hold fundraisers twice annually to fund local and state charities such as the Texas Lions Camp, the Adult Reading Center, the Brazoria County Alliance for Children and other charities that meet the club’s goal of, “wiping out all treatable blindness.” They also provide scholarships for female students from all three Pearland area high schools. These fundraisers consist of a popular wine tasting event, which raised $7,000 for the Texas Lions Camp in 2013, and an annual raffle.

The next raffle will be held at Kendra Scott, a high-end jewelry retailer in Rice Village on February 21, 2015.

The Silverlake Lions always incorporate fun into their service. Several meetings per year are held as parties for members. They also attend annual conventions on the district, zone, state and international levels. According to Secretary Jackie Lorino, “The next international convention is going to be in Hawaii! We believe that if you’re not having fun, then why do it?”

The Silverlake Lions venture up to Kerrville every summer to help with the Texas Lions Camp. This camp is, “A residential camping facility for children with physical disabilities, type 1 diabetes and cancer. The Camp is located on over 500 acres in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, and is designed to introduce the ‘Can Do’ philosophy to children dealing with special medical conditions,” according to the website.

The Silverlake Lions focus on organizing a dinner for the parents of the campers on the last night of the camp. They typically serve 500-600 adults, with each Lion bringing food and drinks to the parents personally while they listen to a guest speaker. The cost of travel, food and lodging comes out of each Lion’s own personal pocket.

President Delores Fenwick said that, “There’s something everyone can do, no matter their physical condition or skill set. We appreciate and try to use everyone’s personal talents effectively.” Membership is open to anyone who has a current member sponsor them and who attends at least two monthly meetings. “Though if someone showed up to a meeting, I bet they could easily find a sponsor,” Fenwick added.

The Silverlake Lions currently meet on the second Tuesday of every month at Spring Creek BBQ (9005 W Broadway) though they are looking for a bigger venue for their meetings. They also hold noon meetings on every fourth Wednesday at Juanito’s Mexican Restaurant, located at 2536 Grand Blvd in Pearland.

For more information about the Silverlake Lions Club, contact Secretary Jackie Lorino at 281-732-3459 or jackielorino12@gmail.com. They also have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pearland-Silverlake-Lions-Club.

Source: The Pearland Journal