Weekend Calendar from PVCB

The Pearland Livestock Show & Career Expo three-day event includes a lamb, pig, and cattle show as well as Culinary & Art categories: Thursday, September 18 through Saturday, September 20. The event is free and open to the public. Visitors will enjoy a petting zoo, viewing of art, and livestock show. The live auction takes place on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Last year, the show raised $75,000 in auction sales and scholarships.

When:  Thursday through Saturday, various hours
Where:  Robert L Wagoner Agricultural Facility, 4107 Bailey Road, 77584
More info:  pearlandisd.com

Houston Vintage 2014 Preview Party, Market & Festival takes over at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum this weekend.  Guests attending the Preview Party on Friday, September 19 will be among the first to have access to the indoor vendors. The Market opens on Saturday, September 20 at 11 am with a vintage car parade, vintage treasures, performances, food and drinks.

When:  Friday, 7 p.m. and Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m.
Where:  1940 Air Terminal Museum, 8325 Travelair Blvd., Houston 77061
More info:  For ticket prices & more info, visit facebook.com

First Annual Pearland Sneaker Expo takes place on Sunday, September 21 from 12 to 6 p.m at the Hilton Garden Inn. The event is billed as the premier setting for sneaker connoisseurs to buy, sell, or trade some of the most sought after sneakers on the market.

When:  Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m.
Where:  Hilton Garden Inn, 12101 Shadow Creek Parkway, Pearland 77584
More info:  Ticket prices and details, pearlandsneakerexpo.com

For information about upcoming events, be sure to check out our calendar at visitpearland.com.

Twelve Named National Merit Semifinalists

Pearland ISD proudly announces 12 semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

These semifinalists include. . . .

Pearland High School
Ethan Arnold
Fiona Flynn

Dawson High School
Naomi Andu
Rachel Daniel
Angela Feng
Qiwei Li
Rachel Nguyen
Nathalie Podder
Nakul Rao
Joshua Rasband
Meredith Spradlin
Matthew Wu

More than 1.4 million students in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 scholarship program by taking the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test during their junior year.

Of these, only 16,000 — less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors — reached the semifinalist stage.

About National Merit Scholarship Program

Next spring, semifinalists who advance to the finalist round will compete for approximately 7,600 National Merit scholarships worth about $33 million.

To become Merit Scholar finalists, students must not only have outstanding academic records throughout high school but also earn high SAT scores and demonstrate leadership in school and community activities.

Finalists will compete for the following awards:

• 2,500 National Merit scholarships (worth $2,500 each) awarded on a state-representational basis
• 1,000 corporate-sponsored National Merit scholarships provided by approximately 240 corporations/businesses
• 4,100 college-sponsored National Merit scholarships from 200 colleges and universities for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution


Semifinalists from PHS (top) and DHS (bottom)

Semifinalists from PHS (top) and DHS (bottom)

Benefit for Juan Carroll, Jr. Sept 20

PEARLAND, TX (September 16, 2014) – Born with biliary atresia, two-year-old Juan Carroll Jr. is preparing for the toughest battle of his life: an inevitable liver transplant. Join Pearland CrossFit and Juan Jr.’s army of supporters for a special workout-of-the-day (WOD) designed to challenge Juan’s soldiers while raising money for his procedure.

This family-friendly event is sure to entertain and fill your philanthropic hearts. There will be live entertainment, music, food, bounce houses, vendors and more. The event takes place on Saturday, September 20 at 9:00 a.m. at Pearland Crossfit, 1855 Cullen Blvd #304, Pearland, TX 77581. For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.cotaforjuanc.com. To learn more about Juan’s battle with biliary atresia, visit www.juanjrsarmy.org.

100 Club of Pearland Breaks Records Leading Up to Golf Tournament

100ClubGolfLogoLast night (Sept 16), the Board of Directors for the 100 Club of Pearland met to finalize plans for their Annual Golf Tournament. President Christian Corl reported that they have about 30 teams already registered, which far surpasses their last tournament registration of 13 teams. They also have almost double the number of Sponsors this year!

Corl attributes the progress to a combination of better use of individual board member talents, a stronger Internet and Social media presence and the ongoing support of local businesses, such as Frost Bank, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, H-E-B and Strickland Chevrolet.

“This is going to be our biggest and best tournament yet,” said Corl. “We have some great silent auction items, a handcuffed putting contest and lots of terrific door prizes,” he added.

The event will take place Monday Sept 22 at Golfcrest Country Club with a 9am Shotgun Start and a Florida Scramble format. Proceeds will benefit the 100 Club of Pearland, which provides Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance to Pearland Police Officers.

For more information about the 100 Club of Pearland or the Golf Tournament, visit 100ClubOfPearland.org.

Some Laws Passed Last Year Now In Effect

Some of the work done by the Texas Legislature in the last session did not go into effect until the beginning of September and one more will take effect Nov. 1.

House Bill 5 amended the Education Code in several parts. The bill made a large number of changes. Below are just a few:

Local school boards must adopt “and strictly enforce” policies restricting the number of school days a student can miss a class for remedial tutoring or test preparation, unless written parental consent is given for more days of tutoring.

The state education commissioner is required to “investigate available options” for Texas to join a consortium of states that will develop career and technical courses, and if he finds one he thinks “would be beneficial for the educational and career success of students,” then the commissioner may join that consortium on behalf of Texas.

By an earlier enactment, Section 7 of the Education Code had forbidden a student from receiving course credit without attending at least 90 percent of the classes. Now, a student may receive neither credit nor “a final grade” without attending class on 90 percent of the class days.

Prior amendments of the Education Code had eliminated Algebra II as a requirement, but going into effect Sept. 1 is an amendment requiring high schools to continue, or resume, offering an Algebra II course even though it is not needed for graduation.

Schools may also now offer courses that lead to vocational licenses and may work with colleges to make them available.

Rep. Sylvester Turner’s H.B. 1245 amended Section 56.004 of the Texas Government Code to have some money from the court of criminal appeals allocated “to provide for continuing legal education, technical assistance, and other support programs for the personnel of criminal defense attorneys who regularly represent indigent defendants in criminal matters.”

Before amendment, this section of the Government Code also directed the legislature to appropriate funds for such purposes to benefit justices of the peace, prosecutors and their personnel, and criminal defense attorneys who represent the indigent. H.B. 1245 added “and their personnel” to that last category so that the secretaries and paralegals of those criminal defense attorneys can also benefit from the programs just like those who work for the prosecutors.

Parts of another Sylvester Turner bill, amending the Government Code, the Family Code, and the Code of Criminal Procedure relating to the appointment of counsel for the indigent and children went into effect at the beginning of September.

Sections of H.B. 1318 require counties to track and report at the end of each fiscal year the number of counsel appointments made by their courts and for each attorney accepting court appointments the percentage of that attorney’s practice time dedicated to work based on such appointments.

H.B. 2305 amended the Texas Transportation Code Section 548.104(d)(3), which became effective Sept. 1. It forbids a vehicle equipped with a compressed natural gas container to pass inspection unless that container meets federal regulatory standards and has not exceeded the manufacturer’s recommended service life, or “the vehicle is a fleet vehicle for which the fleet operator employs a technician certified to inspect the container.”

H.B. 3153 Section 1.05(a) went into effect creating the 443rd Judicial District in Ellis County.

H.B. 3896 makes some changes in the elections rules and administration of the Jack County Hospital District.

S.B. 966 created the nine-member Judicial Branch Certification Commission to be made up of five judges, at least three of whom must be judges currently sitting, and four public members.

The commission’s purpose is to develop and recommend rules and a code of ethics to the supreme court for the governance of court reporters, guardians, process servers and court interpreters.

Section 5 of S.B. 1158 amended Government Code Chapter 434, to have the Texas Veterans Commission give an award of recognition to institutions of higher education that provide certain services for their students who are veterans and for their families, such as having a student organization for veterans and providing career services for veterans.

Amendments to the Government Code made by S.B. 1458 and S.B. 1459, effective Sept. 1, relate to changes in the contributions and benefits of the Texas Teacher Retirement System and the administration of the Texas Employee Retirement System.

Finally, one provision of H.B. 2 that was to go into effect at the beginning of September required abortion clinics to meet the standards established for surgical ambulatory care centers, but it has been recently ruled unconstitutional by a federal district court.

One more law goes into effect Nov. 1. It requires that when the state posts its laws on the Internet, and one law makes a reference to another law, that reference “to the extent feasible” must now include a link to that other law so that “a person reading the document may automatically access the text of the referenced section.”

This bill was authored by Rep. Fischer Martinez of San Antonio, and an analysis of the bill provided by the Texas Legislative Council before it was passed explained, “Currently, bills published on the Texas Legislature Online website do not contain hyperlinks to statutory provisions referenced in the bill. As a result, the public has to manually look up such provisions, and interested parties contend that, in addition to being inconvenient and time-consuming, this process is prone to error. H.B. 1271 seeks to make finding the content of cross-referenced statutes in bills easier and more accurate.”

A number of those “interested parties” appearing on the House Technology Committee’s witness list for a hearing on this bill back in March of 2013 were members of the media.

Source: The Pearland Journal

PISD Education Foundation Grown-Up Spelling Bee Nov 13

Spelling_Bee_LogoIt’s going to BEE something to b-u-z-z about!

When: Thursday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.

Where: Dawson HS auditorium, 2050 Cullen Blvd.

What is the Grown-Up Spelling Bee? This is a fun team event to benefit the Pearland ISD Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that enriches teaching and inspires learning in Pearland ISD. The event will include light refreshments for guests.

How does the Bee work? Teams of three adults will work together to spell words and vie for the coveted Honey Pot Trophy. Teams that misspell two words during the first round are eliminated but can continue the fun by buying a “spell check” or passing a difficult word to another team. Teams are invited to wear costumes — the more creative, the better! A buzzing hive of spectators will vote for the best team costumes and the top team wins a prize.

Cost to Participate: $100 – $3,000 per team
General Admission: $10 per ticket
Registration (by Oct. 24)

Why support the Grown-Up Spelling Bee? The spelling bee directly benefits Pearland ISD students and teachers. Money raised will support innovative educational programs and activities that fall outside Pearland ISD’s operating budget.

Sponsorship opportunities available!

For more info about the bee, contact Jennifer Pearson at foundation@pearlandisd.org or 281.485.3203.

Source: PISD

Proposed West Pearland Development to Include Costco Store

Been wondering when Pearland will get a Costco store? The wait may soon be over.

Pearland city officials recently confirmed a Costco store is included in a proposed development located on a 28-acre-site at the northwest corner of State Highway 288 and County Road 59.

The Pearland City Council held a public hearing Monday (Sept. 15) to consider a zone change application that would allow the developer to add a pharmacy and other design changes to the existing planned development zoning district.

If the zone change application is approved, city officials expect construction would start sometime in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Costco CEO Richard Galanti did not return calls for comment.

Source: The Pearland Journal

Two Steps, One Sticker: Inspection and Registration All-in-One!

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles recently announced that the State of Texas will stop issuing inspection stickers and transition to a “Two Steps, One Sticker” vehicle inspection and registration system in 2015. This means you no longer have to worry about two separate stickers with two different expiration dates.

The “Two Steps, One Sticker” process works like this: you will be required to get and pass a vehicle inspection no more than 90 days prior to the date your registration expires. Once the inspection is complete, the inspection station will update your electronic inspection record with the results and issue you a paper copy of the vehicle inspection report (VIR). When you go to register your vehicle, whether in person, via mail, or online, your inspection record will be verified electronically to determine if your vehicle has passed inspection and is eligible for registration at that time.

TXDMV states that this change is beneficial to Texans as you now only have one date to remember, this prevents inspection sticker fraud and theft, increases motorist visibility, enhances inspection compliance resulting in safer cars on our roads, and saves the taxpayer money. For more information, visit the TxDMV website.

Thanks to our friends in Pine Hollow for sharing!