Pearland ISD School Board Approves $35M Bond Issuance

Photo: Kristi Nix

Photo: Kristi Nix

In 2006, Pearland voters approved school bonds totaling approximately $115.6 million to build new schools, fund technologies upgrades and implement campus-wide improvements. Pearland Independent School District (PISD) Board of Trustees approved issuance of the last of the voter-approved bonds of roughly $35 million at a meeting held Tuesday (July 22).

Ryan O’Hara, Financial Advisor for BOSC Inc., told trustees based on projections of one to two percent growth in property values, the move would have minimal to no effect on the tax rate.

“We’re estimating that there could be an impact of less than a penny. If there’s even more growth we may be able to keep that same tax rate,” O’Hara said.

Superintendent John Kelly said district officials were working on projections that showed even with the increased debt the tax rate would be the same or perhaps less than last year.

“We’ve only assuming a two percent valuation growth,” O’Hara said. “I do think this is conservative.”

The current PISD tax rate is $1.4157 per $100 of property valuation. Based on last year’s median taxable home value of $153,950, the average homeowner’s PISD taxes totaled roughly $2,179.47 according to Brazoria County tax records.

The 2006 bond election included funding of $63.7 million to build Dawson High School, $11.6 million to convert the Bailey Road facility to create Turner High School, $10.6 million for district-wide facility improvements, $2.5 million for technology upgrades and $27.2 million for two new elementary school campuses. (All projects are complete except the two elementary schools according to information posted on the Pearland ISD website.)

Trustees did not discuss how the money would be used. Administrators are expected to bring recommendations to the board at a future meeting.

The measure was approved unanimously. Trustee Andrew Solomon was absent.

Source: The Pearland Journal

UWBC Book Drive Until August 11

UBCBookDrive“Being able to hand a child a book of their own was an overwhelming experience, both for us and the children. Seeing their faces when they realized the books were for them to take home was very moving.” – Debbie Pennington, Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County and Board President at UWBC.

HELP PUT A SMILE ON A CHILD’S FACE BY DONATING TO UWBC’S BOOK DRIVE!

City Council Workshop on 2015 Budget August 4

The Pearland City Council will hold its Workshop for input and discussion of the proposed 2015 Annual Budget and Multi-Year Financial Plan on Monday, August 4. The Workshop will begin at 6:30pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 3519 Liberty Drive. All City residents are invited to attend.

You may download the agenda HERE.

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Pearland Theatre Guild Kicks Off 3rd Season with “Grease”

thumb_new_grease_logoThe Pearland Theatre Guild kicks off its 3rd season with Grease, the musical. It’s the beloved rock n’ roll celebration of teen angst, fast cars, and first loves all set in the fabulous fifties. This production is on stage August 29-September 21 and features the irresistible songs from the Tony Award nominated Broadway show and hit movie, including “You’re The One That I Want,” “Summer Nights,” “Born to Hand Jive”, “Hopelessly Devoted To You,” “Greased Lightnin'” and many more.

Grease follows love-struck bad-boy Danny and girl-next-door Sandy in a thrilling injection of pure fun with astounding dancing and amazing songs. So,get out your leather jackets and pull on your bobby socks with Rydell High’s senior class of 1959.

Performances: August 29 to September 21, 2014

  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
  • Sundays: August 31, September 7, 14, & 21 at 3pm
  • Buy One Get One Free Thursday September 4 at 7:30pm

Tickets:

  • Adults $17
  • Seniors/Students $15\
  • Group Rates Available (Call for information)

BUY TICKETS ONLINE!

Volunteer as Usher or Concessions to see GREASE for FREE! Click Here

The Rec Report – August, 2014

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August has arrived and though the mercury is soaring, and back-to-school sales may be calling, the great outdoors is still the place to go to feel fit, healthy and connected to your community! Our splash pads, pools and shady walking paths can keep you from boiling over, and you’ll never have to fight the crowds when you’re enjoying our more than 136 acres of park land (and growing)! Find activities, programs and special events to keep your family connected by viewing our Fall Leisure Guide, available at locations across the City of Pearland. You can also visit us on our Facebook page, our Twitter feed or call us at 281.412.8900.
Fall Registration Begins This Month!

The City of Pearland Parks & Recreation offers dozens of seasonal programs, events and activities for every age to enjoy! Our Fall registration session begins with Member Registration on Monday, August 4 at 7:30 a.m., followed by General Registration on Monday, August 11 at 7:30 a.m. Programs may be viewed online at  pearlandparks.com. To pick up a copy of our FREE “A Time For Leisure” program guide, please visit one of the City of Pearland distribution locations today!
Recreation Center & Natatorium Birthday Bash!

The Recreation Center and Natatorium (RCN) is turning 4 and we are inviting everyone to the party! Come out to the RCN on Saturday, August 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the 4th Annual Birthday Bash!  On this special admission-free day, you can stroll down the RCN Boardwalk and see what you’ve been missing in your own backyard! During the party, enjoy inflatable bouncers, free activities designed for all ages, abilities and interests and a live demonstration from our own Houston Wheelchair Rugby team!

Then, end the day waterlogged by testing your skills leap-frogging on the giant lily pads in the Natatorium. Special one-day-only membership discounts will be offered and by purchasing or renewing your membership on this day you’ll qualify to play the giant PLINKO board to win prizes and discounts! Visit our Facebook page today and print our special Birthday Bash flyer, which can be redeemed for a complementary one-week membership!

Texas Hunter Education Certification Program Offered

Hunting is safe and getting safer through a hunter certification program offered by the City of Pearland Parks & Recreation! The Texas Hunter Education certification program covers the skills, regulations and responsibilities of hunting, conservation, wildlife management and identification, and more. In addition, program participants get instruction in ethics and firearm safety to help keep everyone safe while in nature. The certification lasts a lifetime and is recognized by all states and provinces requiring hunter education. This course is particularly suited to novice or young hunters. Courses are held at the Recreation Center & Natatorium, located at 4141 Bailey Road at Veterans Drive, and take place in a single class session from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For participation restrictions and course information, contact Kendrick Gray, Outdoor Recreation Specialist.

Exploring Youth Archery is Right on Target!

The new Explore Archery program is a bulls-eye perfect fit for youth participants between the ages of 8 and 18 of any ability who want to get involved in the sport of target archery. Youth archery is on an exciting path of growth, having been showcased in popular movies such as The Hunger Games, Marvel’s Avengers, and Disney’s Brave.
The program is hosted at the Stella Roberts Recycling Center, located at 5800 Magnolia, on Thursdays this fall, from 6 to 7 p.m. The cost of the program is $45 for Pearland residents, $65 for non-residents. To register, visit our website and search Barcode numbers 19976 (for Session I) or 19977 (for Session II).
Annual Natatorium Maintenance Closure Scheduled

From August 4 through August 6, the Natatorium side of the Recreation Center & Natatorium, located at 4141 Bailey Road at Veterans Drive, for facility upkeep in order to clean and maintain the facility as our customers have come to expect. As with past maintenance closures, only the Natatorium side of the facility will be closed during the week. The diving boards will be closed for one additional day, August 7. The Recreation Center will remain open for members and guests.

The anticipated re-opening is Thursday, August 7, just in time for the annual Birthday Bash on Saturday, August 9! For more information, visit the Facility Closures page.

Recreational Youth Basketball League

Register for the Pearland Recreational Youth Basketball League from August 11 until November 7. Participation is open to both boys and girls ages 7 to 14 years old (as of January, 2015). Participants must register as individual players. No team registrations will be accepted. For more information about Pearland Youth Basketball Leagues, please visit pearlandparks.com or call 281.412.8900.
Personal Fitness Training in August

The Recreation Center & Natatorium turns 4 this month and what better way to celebrate our anniversary than with gifts? In the month of August, our gift to you is a 25% discount on all personal training. Our goal is to help you achieve your fitness goals, improve your quality of life and simply be a part of your journey. What better way to start than by giving you more for less! Don’t wait and sign up today to work one-on-one with our certified trainers. For more information, please call 281.412.8900.

Houston Rockets Mini Dribblers

Train with expert coaches from the National Basketball Academy and experience all the fun and excitement of being associated with an NBA team! The Houston Rockets Mini Dribblers is a 6-week long instructional program for children in grades K-3, designed to introduce and teach the FUN-damentals of basketball in a unique, exciting and educational way. As a bonus, the Rockets Mini Dribblers will get to perform in front of thousands of fans before a Rockets basketball game! The program is hosted at the Pearland Recreation Center & Natatorium, located at 4141 Bailey Road at Veterans Drive, and held on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 2:15 p.m. The cost of the program is $105 per child. For more information or to register, please visit the National Basketball Academy or call 832.392.0749.
Be a Real-Life, Life Preserver!

Want to be a leader? Join the City of Pearland Parks & Recreation lifeguard team! The Pearland Recreation Center & Natatorium is currently seeking part-time American Red Cross certified lifeguards. Schedules are flexible, with a variety of school-friendly slots available for the right candidates. To apply, click here.
Fall Adult Athletic League Registration Begins August 11

The City of Pearland Parks & Recreation offers adult athletic leagues in men’s and coed softball, coed volleyball, men’s basketball, adult tennis and co-ed kickball. Registration for all begins August 11 and ends September 4. Learn more by visiting our website or call 281.412.8900.

Visit us on the Web at pearlandparks.com
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IN THIS ISSUE
Fall Registration Begins Soon!
RCN Birthday Bash
Texas Hunter Education
Explore Archery
Annual Natatorium Maintenance Closure
Rec Youth Basketball Leagues
Personal Training in August
Houston Rockets Basketball Camp
Lifeguards Wanted
Fall Adult Athletic Leagues


UPCOMING EVENTS
Annual Natatorium Maintenance Closure
August 4-6Member Registration Begins for Fall
August 4

RCN Birthday Bash
August 9

General Registration
Begins for Fall
August 11

 

Enter to WIN 2 Tickets to ARC’s Red Carpet Gala

Roulette at the 2013 Gala!

Roulette at the 2013 Gala!

The excitement is in the air at the Adult Reading Center. The anticipation for the 2nd Annual Red Carpet Gala keeps building as the Committee meets twice a month and engages our local community. October 11th is closer than we might think!

To give you an idea of the importance of the Gala for our Center: the fundraising events hosted by us represent over 17% of our total annual income. At the first event, the Red Carpet Gala raised close to $15,000, exceeding all expectations. Our goal for this year’s event is to raise $25,000, which will be used towards funding the Center’s free English literacy, GED, workforce development, citizenship, and computer literacy programs.

It is no secret that the work done by volunteers is a huge asset to our organization. We take pride in every hour our community spends at the Center and invests in our adult learners. And it won’t be any different with the Gala. The majority of the Red Carpet Gala Committee is composed of volunteers who are engaged and take pride in planing a successful event. We know that the 2nd Annual Red Carpet Gala is going to be a great one!

We have already received the confirmation of sponsorships from Frost Bank, A & A Cleaning, A-Better Plumbing, Congressman Olson, Senator Taylor and Rep. Thompson. Don’t worry: there is still plenty of time to support the Center. Make sure to visit our website today to purchase your tickets or submit your sponsorship.

We look forward to seeing you in your fancy outfit at the Hilton Garden Inn at 7 p.m. on October 11, ready to have a great night of gambling in our casino tables, dancing to our D.J., and sharing our passion for literacy.

Sincerely,

Dale Pillow, President & CEO

Your support of the Gala might be rewarded!

Want to know how? It’s simple! Like our Facebook page by September 30 and you’ll be entered to win 2 tickets to the 2nd Annual Red Carpet Gala.

Our goal is to reach 700 likes. We started with 591. All new users from 592 to 700 will be entered to win. Make sure to share the news with your Facebook friends and increase your chances to win.

Help us spread the word about the Gala and use the hashtag #ThePearlandGala on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

We all win: our adult learners, you, and the Center!

Pearland International Festival Scheduled for Sept. 13

Pearland International Festival September 13, 2014 11am-9pm 
Independence Park – 3919 Liberty Drive and John Lizer
Pearland, Texas 77581
Travel the world again at the Second Annual Pearland International Festival and Taste of Pearland, set for Saturday, September 13, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Pearland’s Independence Park, located at 3919 Liberty Drive. Tastes and sounds from around the world include; Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, European, Caribbean and African cultures. This year, Mexico and its rich culture and tradition will be spotlighted; featuring food, music, art and culture and of course, a jalapeño eating contest and Grito contest sponsored by MyNurse Home Care, Inc.

The Pearland International Festival is going to be filled with live music, cultural dancing performances, activities, international food and vendor booths, children’s entertainment, a kids zone, as well as the “Taste of Pearland” VIP tent with wine and fine art.  Start your day off at the festival with live music from the Best Mariachi Band in Houston “Mariachi Calmecac”.  The musical journey will continue with “The Willy Collins Band” an eclectic group of accomplished jazz musicians.  Cross the border to Louisiana with this Cajun connection, “Zydeco Dots” who won the Houston Press Music Award as The #1 Zydeco Band in Houston.  Keep dancing the afternoon away with beats of the West Indies with “Galaxy  Band”, recipient of the Caribbean Achievement Award 2014 – Best Live Band in Houston,  who willentertain with a wide range of music styles such as Reggae, Soca, R&B, Dancehall.  From blues to rock; legends to new artists; classics to originals – “Jackson Avenue” brings their contemporary pop sounds to the festival.

Six-time winner of “Best Latin Band” in the Houston Press Music Awards and pregame Super Bowl XXXVIII entertainment, “Walter Suhr & Mango Punch”, opens the entertainment on the main stage. Headlining the second annual Pearland International Festival is “Grupo La Calma”, winner of the 2013 Tejano Music Award for “Best New Group of the Year”.  This Norteno- Tejano band will close the festival with their danceable Mex-Tex and Tex-Mex sounds.  Other cultural entertainment includes everything from Panamanian Folklorico to Bollywood, an Indian hip hop dance.  The entertainment is to be as varied as the countries represented.

This year, the VIP tent will preview “A Taste of Pearland” showcasing local art and tastes from area restaurants and is co-sponsored by Reflection Bay Event Center at Shadow Creek and The Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Guests will enjoy wines from around the globe and local wineries will be on hand to offer samples paired with bites from local restaurants plus fine art viewing by local artists.

Admission is $10 per person and $5.00 for children 12 years & under. Free admission for active military with current ID.  With admission, each festival goer will enjoy international food and sounds from around the world.   Browse the cars of all types in the Car Show section.  Bring the kids and let them enjoy face painting, rides, and plenty more from HEB Plus, YMCA, Home Depot, and Can Do Events.  All proceeds go toward fine arts scholarship which will be awarded to graduating seniors planning to major or minor in cultural, visual or fine arts. This is an opportunity for the community to show their support and appreciation for local music and fine arts.

The VIP Tent is a separate, $40 admission for adults 21 and over with tastings of international wines, lagers and ales and a chance to write down their favorites.  Make it a weekend getaway in Pearland – “A Perfect Pick”, go to visitpearland.com for special, festival hotel rates and packages.

With more than 50 acres, Independence Park provides plenty of space to spread a blanket to relax and enjoy the entertainment at two stages. Parking and shuttle service are free at the Sheryl Searcy Ninth Grade Center, First Baptist Church and Pearland High School Rig Parking lot.

The Pearland International Festival is an event brought to you by Pearland Cultural and Fine Arts, LLC (PCFA). PCFA is an organization whose purpose is to be charitable and educational and to promote public interest in the arts in Pearland and beyond.

Vendor Booth & Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information about the Pearland International Festival, visit us at http://www.PearlandiFest.org or joshua@PearlandiFest.org. Call or Text Joshua at 832-496-2583.

Library Hosts After-Hours Game Night on August 8

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Come out to the Tom Reid Library for after-hours Game Night on Friday, August 8 at 7pm! The library is located at 3522 Liberty Drive. For more information, call (281) 652-1677.

Police Investigate Second Bomb Threat at West Pearland Daycare

Photo: Kristi Nix

Photo: Kristi Nix

After a bomb threat was received at a west Pearland day care for the second time in a week, investigators report a juvenile suspect has been identified in connection with both incidents.

Just before 8 a.m. Wednesday (July 30), police were dispatched to the Children’s Learning Adventure Daycare at 10001 West Broadway. After the building was evacuated and checked for explosives, officers gave the all-clear signal and students and teachers were allowed to return to the school.

A juvenile suspect, who police report is under 10 years-old, was located and identified. Although the first bomb threat reported on July 23rd is still under investigation, investigators believed that the two incidents are related.

Under Texas law, a juvenile under 10 years-old is not deemed criminally responsible and can face no criminal charges. Police also report the suspect’s parent was located at a Pearland residence. No charges will be filed, officials said.

Source: The Pearland Journal

Pearland Furniture Closing After 37 Years

Pearland Furniture, which has been serving the greater Houston area with quality furniture and bedding for 37 years, is going out of business and holding a million-dollar-plus sales event, located at 1013 N. Main St., beginning Aug. 1.

Founded in 1977 by Nita Qualtrough and Lucille Stough, Pearland Furniture was sold in 1991 to John Dixon. In 2001, Jim Griffiths, who had been serving as manager since 1997, bought the store. He has owned and operated Pearland Furniture since that time, with Judy Richardson and Melanie Thurmond serving as associates with the store.

According to Griffiths, Pearland Furniture is closing due to economic pressures caused by the 2008 recession as well as a four-year road construction project in the area, which has impacted traffic flow on Highway 35 near Beltway 8 (Sam Houston Parkway).

Known for quality merchandise at affordable prices, Pearland Furniture sells furniture and bedding products from well-known brands such as Broyhill, Ashley, Howard Miller, Catnapper, Crown Mark, Hooker, Lane, Pulaski, Riverside and King Koil. A huge selection of product will be available during the sale, with discounts of up to 50 percent off accessories.

“Over the years, Pearland Furniture has become the greater Houston area’s destination for stylish, quality furnishings at an exceptional value,” said Griffiths. “Whether you’re looking for a living room, bedroom, dining room or home office, we have it all.”

This sale event offers customers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy brand furniture at going-out-of-business prices, Griffiths added. “With our no-pressure sale approach, we’re confident that you will feel comfortable shopping in our warm and friendly atmosphere. We invite everyone to come take advantage of drastic discounts in our tents while they last.”

Products are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

The store’s website is located at www.pearlandfurniture.net.

Source: The Pearland Journal