Officials Cut Ribbon on 35

IMG_6933-700x450Rain clouds overhead or not, a ribbon-cutting ceremony held last Friday at PISD’s administration offices was one that officials with the City, Chamber of Commerce and the County weren’t going to miss.

Standing on the newly reconstructed surface of State Highway 35, Pearland Mayor Tom Reid cut the ribbon that officially spelled the end of what seemed like endless delays and traffic snarls that plagued the corridor’s expansion.

The expanded corridor is now “substantially complete,” with some signal and turn lane work still to be completed.

State Rep. Ed Thompson, who had expressed concerns regarding the ongoing delays and provided regular updates on completion, was among those in attendance.

Construction began in 2009 and was expected to end in June 2013.

The project is a partnership between the city TxDOT, and was based on a 2007 study that recommended expansion to four lanes to ease traffic congestion.

Source: The Pearland Reporter News

 

West Side Schools Continue Expansion

Shadow-Creek-High-School-1-700x450The Building Programs department of the Alvin Independent School District (AISD) will remain busy for the foreseeable future as the Board of Trustees authorized funding of on-going projects and approved a contract form for a new elementary school.

Funds dedicated for the Shadow Creek High School were just under $69 million and will complete the scope of work outlined in the originally accepted construction documents and specifications for the campus that will serve the west side of the district. The work will include the building shell, interior and exterior building finishes, and final site amenities.

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Source: The Manvel Reporter News

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PDA Booster Club Consignment Sale July 25-26

If you are in need of clothing, shoes, or accessories for dancers, gymnasts, cheerleaders, or just want some fun dress up costumes and accessories, please stop by the PDA Booster Club’s 3rd Annual Consignment Sale this Friday and Saturday (July 25 and 26) at Precision Dance Academy (8201 W. Broadway).

If you have any dancewear related items you would like to include in our sale, please contact pdaparentboosterclub@gmail.com and request a seller’s packet. If you don’t have time to sell but would like to clean out your closets, we are always accepting donations.

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Memorial Hermann Serves as Drop-Off Point for Operation Backpack

Employees from Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, from left, Rebecca Lilley, Mindy Rivera, Son Dinh, Lydia Garcia, Michael Collins, Chief Executive Officer Erin Asprec, Lori Gordon, Kizzy Thomas, and Glenn Burnett, donate new backpacks filled with school supplies for Operation Backpack. (PHOTO: Ariana Montelongo)

Employees from Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, from left, Rebecca Lilley, Mindy Rivera, Son Dinh, Lydia Garcia, Michael Collins, Chief Executive Officer Erin Asprec, Lori Gordon, Kizzy Thomas, and Glenn Burnett, donate new backpacks filled with school supplies for Operation Backpack.
(Photo: Ariana Montelongo)

HOUSTON (July 21, 2014) – Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital is partnering with the Vic Coppinger Family YMCA in Pearland to support Operation Backpack, an initiative to provide school supplies for children in need so they start school with the necessary tools to be successful.

School readiness reflects a child’s ability to succeed both academically and socially in a school environment. Being prepared with a new backpack and school supplies boosts a child’s self-esteem and helps him or her feel like a regular kid.

Last year, Operation Backpack generated more than 1,100 backpacks and 21,000 school supplies for the Pearland Independent School District. The supplies were used throughout the year by children in kindergarten through 12th grade.

You can be a part of making a difference in the life of a child by purchasing a new backpack and school supplies, and delivering it to a Memorial Hermann drop-off site. For backpack stuffing tips, visit www.ymcahouston.org/operation-backpack.

As the official healthcare provider for the Pearland Independent School District, both Memorial Hermann Southeast, located at 11800 Astoria Blvd., and the Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Pearland at 16100 South Freeway serve as Operation Backpack drop-off sites. Donations are being collected now through August 11.

In addition, each facility will hold a special ‘Stuff the Bus’ Day so community members can show their support and help fill a YMCA bus with school supplies. The bus will be at Memorial Hermann Southeast on Thursday, July 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and the Convenient Care Center in Pearland on Wednesday, July 30, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Credit Card Skimmers: The Latest in Identity Theft

Unfortunately, there has been an outbreak of credit card number theft in Pearland during the last two months. Yet, you rarely let your credit card out of your sight, so how do thieves get your credit card information? Some may get it from a friend waiting tables at a restaurant, but many credit card thieves get your card information using a device called a Credit Card Skimmer.

A credit card skimmer is a portable capture device that is attached in front of or on top of the legitimate scanner.  The skimmer passively records the card data as you insert your credit card into the real scanner. So, how can you detect and avoid having your credit card skimmed at the ATM or gas pump?

  1. Inspect the card reader and the area near the PIN pad. Most skimming devices are designed to be temporarily affixed to the ATM or gas pump so they can be easily retrieved by the bad guys once they’ve collected a batch of cardholder data. If you think the scanning device doesn’t look like it matches the machine’s color and style, it might be a skimmer.
  2. Look at other nearby gas pumps or ATM card readers to see if they match the one you are using. Unless skimmers are running a large operation, they probably are only skimming at one gas pump at a time at the station you are using. Look at the pump next to yours to see if the card reader and set up look different. If they do then you might have just spotted a skimmer.
  3. Trust your instincts. If in doubt, use another machine somewhere else. If you get a sense that something looks off about the ATM you are about to use, you might be better off using one that you feel more comfortable with.
  4. Avoid using your PIN at the gas pump. When you pay at the pump with your debit/credit card, you usually have the option to use it as a credit or a debit card. It’s best to choose the credit option that allows you to avoid entering your PIN in sight of a card skimmer camera.
  5. Keep an eye on your accounts. If you suspect that you might have had your card skimmed, report any suspicious activity immediately to the Police, your credit card company and/or bank.

Watch the video below to see how easy it can be for someone to steal your credit card information:

ATM with and without a skimmer attached.

ATM with and without a skimmer attached.

 

Thank you to our Friends in Pine Hollow for the text information!

 

Adult Reading Center Begins Planning of the 2nd Annual Red Carpet Gala

The Adult Reading Center is pleased to announce that the planning of the 2nd Annual Red Carpet Gala benefiting the Adult Reading Center is in full swing! As the planning begins, the excitement of the volunteers involved really shows. With still a few months out to the event, the Center believes in the importance of starting the planning so early. The 2nd Annual Red Carpet Gala will be held on October 11 at 7:00 p.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Pearland.

“Much of the work done by the Red Carpet Gala Committee relies on the great work of volunteers and engagement of the community”, says the President and CEO, Mrs. Dale Pillow. “The Gala brings in sponsorships, ticket sales and donations. All of it allows us to hold such a wonderful event, but it primarily helps fund the Center’s free adult English literacy, GED, citizenship, computer literacy, and workforce development programs.”

The fundraising events hosted by the Adult Reading Center represent over 17% of the Center’s total annual income. In its first edition, the Red Carpet Gala raised close to $15,000, exceeding all expectations. The goal for this year’s event is to raise $25,000, which will be used towards funding the programs offered by the Center.

The 2nd Annual Red Carpet Gala will feature a night of fun with various casino-style gambling games, including poker, blackjack, craps and roulette, as well as a performance by a DJ and a silent auction. The Gala will be a great opportunity to get your dancing shoes and gala outfit out of the closet, while at the same time supporting the literacy cause.

If you’re interested in being one of the event Sponsors or in purchasing tickets, contact Cecilia Madero, Events & Communications Coordinator, at Cecilia.Madero@AdultReadingCenter.org or (281) 485-1000.

Sponsorship Levels include:

  • Literacy Benefactor – $3,500 (2 tables for 8; 2 drink tickets/per person, $20,000 in chips/per person & publicity on website, print and social media)
  • Literacy Champion – $2,000 (1 table for 8; 2 drink tickets/per person, $15,000 in chips/per person & publicity on website, print and social media, and premier logo placement at Gala)
  • Literacy Advocate – $1,500 (1 table for 8; 2 drink tickets/per person, $12,500 in chips/per person & publicity on website, print and social media, and premier logo placement at Gala)
  • Literacy Believer – $1,000 (1 table for 8; 2 drink tickets/per person, $10,000 in chips/per person & publicity on website, print and social media, and premier logo placement at Gala)
  • Literacy Graduate – $500 (Open seating for 4, 2 drink tickets/per person, $10,000 in chips/per person & publicity on website, print and social media)
  • Literacy Patron / Individual Ticket -$100 (includes 2 drink tickets & $10,000 in casino chips)

The Adult Reading Center accepts donations and sponsorships throughout the year through its website www.adultreadingcenter.org. Donations make a huge difference to someone with low literacy skills!

Highlights of last year’s Gala:

About the Adult Reading Center:

The Adult Reading Center is the only professional community-based literacy provider in our service area that utilizes volunteer tutors to support its mission of providing instruction at no charge to adults with limited literacy skills. Many of these individuals have difficulty functioning effectively in the community due to poor speaking, reading, or writing English skills.

The Adult Reading Center is an economic incubator and a complete service center using a comprehensive approach that will take adult learners from learning to read, write and speak English to obtaining a GED and a job earning a living wage while becoming contributing members of our community.

Gov. Perry Deploys Texas National Guard Troops to Border

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AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today directed Texas Adjutant General John Nichols to immediately begin preparations for the deployment of up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. These troops will support the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) ongoing law enforcement surge, Operation Strong Safety, which is focused on combatting criminal activity in the region resulting from the federal government’s failure to adequately secure the border.

Since 2008, more than 203,000 criminal aliens have been booked into Texas county jails. Over the course of their criminal careers, these individuals have committed more than 640,000 crimes in the state of Texas alone, including more than 3,000 homicides and nearly 8,000 sexual assaults.

“There can be no national security without border security, and Texans have paid too high a price for the federal government’s failure to secure our border,” Gov. Perry said. “The action I am ordering today will tackle this crisis head-on by multiplying our efforts to combat the cartel activity, human traffickers and individual criminals who threaten the safety of people across Texas and America.”

This deployment builds upon Operation Strong Safety by providing additional personnel that will work seamlessly and side by side with law enforcement officials. It also builds on the National Guard’s existing border presence, which has been utilizing air assets to patrol the region looking for illegal activity.

Texas has already seen results from Operation Strong Safety – from week 1 to week 3 of operations, apprehensions of illegal immigrants have dropped by 36 percent, from more than 6,600 per week to 4,200 per week in the area of operation.

Two weeks ago, Gov. Perry met with President Barack Obama to discuss the ongoing humanitarian and national security crises occurring along the Texas-Mexico border. At this meeting, the governor reiterated his request for the president to activate 1,000 Title 32 National Guard troops to temporarily support border security operations until 3,000 additional Border Patrol personnel can be trained and deployed. Unlike the governor’s activation which will be paid for by Texas taxpayer dollars, a Title 32 activation would have provided additional, federally funded personnel to be used at the state’s discretion.

Source: The Pearland Journal

Memorial Hermann Accepting Supplies for “Operation Backpack”

image001Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and the Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Pearland are happy to be a drop-off location for the YMCA’s Operation Backpack!

Our goal is to fill an entire bus full of school supplies for children in our communities so they can start school with the tools to be successful. Stop by Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital on July 24th or the Pearland Convenient Care Center on July 30th. More on Operation Backpack: https://www.ymcahouston.org/operation-backpack/.

PISD Annual Online Surplus Auction Begins Today

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Pearland ISD’s annual online surplus auction (hosted by Lemons Auctioneers) opens Monday, July 21.

Online bidding will run from July 21-30 at https://www.onlinepros.com/servlet/Search.do?auctionId=399.

Featured auction items include school buses, cafeteria equipment, student/office furniture, athletic equipment, wood/metal shop equipment and more.

Online Auction Timeline:

  • Auction Activation: Monday, July 21
  • Auction Preview: Monday, July 28
  • Auction Completion: Wednesday, July 30
  • Auction Removal: Thursday, July 31 / Friday, Aug. 1 / Monday, Aug. 4

Silvercreek Realtor Makes Good on Promise to Help Bremer Family

PatSignOn April 19, Realtor Pat Rogers decided to donate a percentage of her home sales to the Bremer Family, who lost their Silvercreek home to a fire caused by lightning on April 17. Rogers was able to deliver the first check to Kendra Bremer recently. “This is coming at a great time,” said Bremer. “The insurance company is so slow. We’ve just recently moved out of the hotel into a rental home!”

The Bremer’s home was a total loss and the insurance company originally estimated that their home would be rebuilt in 6-8 months. Unfortunately, that is not going to happen. “All of these entities are sending out inspectors and they can’t get things straight,” Kendra added. “It’s frustrating, but we still feel remarkably blessed.”

Rogers pledged to help the Bremers out until the end of 2014. To schedule a meeting with Pat Rogers, call 281-489-5028 or visit callpatrogers.com.