Historic agreement reached on Clear Creek flood project

August 1st, 2019

Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX) commended the Army Corps of Engineers and the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) June 12 for reaching a historic agreement that will allow HCFCD to lead construction of the Clear Creek Flood Risk Reduction Project.

This agreement will transfer primary authority and funding for the Clear Creek project to HCFCD, he said, noting that authority to make this transfer from the Corps to a local sponsor like HCFCD has only been used once previously and the first time for a full project. This action will allow work on the project to begin much sooner, providing critical help for communities along Clear Creek.

“The Clear Creek project was first authorized in 1968 and federal bureaucracy has delayed this critical project for over half a century,” Olson said. “I’ve fought to get this project funded and completed since my time as a senior staffer in the Senate. I was thrilled to get it included in our Harvey disaster recovery projects and now it will move quickly and help manage flooding in a strategic part of our region.  I applaud the Army Corps and Harris County Flood Control for reaching this historic agreement to help finally get this project completed.”

State Rep. Dennis Paul added, “I am glad to see the Army Corps of Engineers working with our local flood officials is finally starting, and doing what they can to speed up the process to get flood mitigation on Clear Creek going. This has been the result of a lot of hard work by our federal, state and local elected officials working together to get this project started.”
“Congressman Olson has been working on the Clear Creek project since he was a senior Senate staffer, long before he was elected to Congress,” Russ Poppe, executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District said. “We deeply appreciate his years of dedication to seeing this project come to fruition through the signing of this PPA, as well the entire Harris County delegation who all work tirelessly to give us more tools to address flooding in our Gulf Coast region.”

Olson helped secure the $295 million for the Clear Creek Flood Damage Reduction project in the 2018 Disaster Supplemental funding bill. Olson also sent the Army Corps of Engineers a letter urging quick action to complete the Clear Creek Project in February.

The Clear Creek Project is a Flood Risk Management project that was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1968. The project is located in Harris and Brazoria counties, Texas, with 17 cities within the watershed. Now that the PPA is signed, HCFCD will execute construction and the remaining design. The estimated completion date is September 2025.

Business Buzz

August 1st, 2019

Port Houston Commission Chairman Ric Campos, second from left, arrives at the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership reception in his honor at the Marriott Hotel on the Gulf Freeway. Among those welcoming him were, from left, BayTran Chairman Carl Joiner and Lockwood Andrews Vice President Steve Gilbreath and Facilities Engineer Jack Drake.

BayTran welcomes new port chairman
Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership members got a rare treat when they hosted a reception recently for the new chairman of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority, Ric Campo.

BayTran President Theresa Rodriguez and Chairman Carl Joiner introduced him to the crowd.

The event was held at the Houston Marriott South, where Campo made his way around the room during a Meet and Greet, after which he updated the crowd on Port activities.
Campo, who is chairman and CEO of the Camden Property Trust, was appointed by Harris County and the Houston City Council earlier this year to replace Janiece Longoria, who was term limited.

NASA selects 142 proposals
Managing pilotless aircraft and solar panels that could help humans live on the Moon and Mars are among the technologies NASA is looking to develop with small business awards totaling $106 million. In all, NASA has selected 142 proposals from 129 U.S. small businesses from 28 states and the District of Columbia to receive Phase II contracts as part the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research program.

NASA selected the proposals based on a range of criteria, including technical merit and feasibility, as well as the organizations’ experience, qualifications, and facilities. Additional criteria included effectiveness of proposed work plans and the commercial potential of the technologies.

Three Kuraray facilities win safety awards
Three of Kuraray America, Inc.’s Texas facilities received top honors from the Texas Chemical Council at its annual award banquet June 6. They are:

  • Septon Plant, Pasadena: Best in Texas, Caring for Texas, Distinguished Safety Service, Zero Incident Rate, Zero Process Safety Incidents.
  • Bayport Plant, La Porte: Zero Incident Rate, Distinguished Safety Service, Zero Contractor Incident Rate.
  • La Porte Plant: Caring for Texas, Zero Process Safety Incidents.

TCC’s awards program recognizes member companies for their demonstrated commitment and exemplary results toward safe operations, community awareness, emergency response, security and pollution prevention. Applications are anonymous and judged by a group of industry peers and community members.

“At Kuraray, safety is at the cornerstone of everything we do,” said Tom Abrey, Kuraray’s director of health, safety, environment & security. “We are committed to providing a safe working environment for not only our employees but contractors and visitors alike.”

Kuraray America, Inc. took home 10 awards, including top honor – Best in Texas – for the Septon plant.

Area chamber is a winner
Pasadena Chamber’s website, Chambergram, took first prize honors at the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives annual convention in El Paso June 17-20.

Not far behind were its entry in the newsletter competition, which took second place in the state competition, and the chamber’s Resource Guide, which also was a second place winner.

The conference provides chamber professionals an opportunity to network, attend educational sessions and take an in-depth look into issues related to leadership, workforce development, membership and how Texas communities fared following the legislative session.

August Main Events in Bay Area Houston

August 1st, 2019

Clear Lake
Start of school Aug. 19. Clear Creek ISD students will begin a new year on Monday, Aug. 19. No appointments are necessary.

Bayou Theater season opens. The bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent opens the Bayou Theater’s season with some of our favorite hits at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, and then Bach is paired with Piazzolla as the Bayou kicks off its classical series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. For tickets, call 281-283-3024 or visit www.uhcl.edu/bayoutheater

Deer Park
School starts Aug. 21. Deer Park ISD students will begin their fall classes on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Salute to education Aug. 23. The Deer Park Chamber will host its annual Salute to Education Luncheon Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on Deer Park High School’s South Campus, 710 W. San Augustine Ave., for all new Deer Park teachers, faculty members of the year for San Jacinto College and Texas Chiropractic College and teachers of the year from all DPISD campuses. Luncheon tickets are $25 and may be reserved by calling 281-479-1559 or emailing Shae@deerparkchamber.org

At the Playhouse. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare opens Friday, Aug. 16 at the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 Highway 3, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 1 with curtains at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. For tickets, which are $17 for adults and $12 for seniors and students, call 281-337-7469 or email bareahp@comcast.net

School days. Dickinson ISD students start fall classes Monday, Aug. 19.

League City
Teachers luncheon Aug. 7. The Clear Lake Area Chamber will host its annual New Teachers Luncheon at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7 in the South Shore Harbour Resort’s Crystal Ballroom. For reservations, call the chamber, 281-488-7676.

Start of school Aug. 19. Clear Creek ISD students head back to school Monday, Aug. 19.

Nassau Bay
HSLBA Party Aug. 14. The Houston Symphony League Bay Area’s Wine and Cheese Party for prospective members will be held Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, 18300 Upper Bay Road.

Business Expo Aug. 15. The Pasadena Chamber’s annual business expo will be held Thursday, Aug. 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center, 7902 Fairmont Parkway, with over 100 vendors. Free and open to the public.

School starts Aug. 19. Students in Pasadena ISD will head back to school on Monday, Aug. 19.

Chamber luncheon, Aug. 22. Pasadena Chamber members will be given an update on the State of Education in the area by Dr. DeeAnn Powell of Pasadena ISD, Dr. Brenda Hellyer of San Jacinto College, Dr. Ira Blake of the University of Houston-Clear Lake and Dr. Stephen Foster of Texas Chiropractic College at their monthly luncheon Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Fountain Blu Event Center, 6327 Spencer Highway, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Little Theatre drama Aug. 23. The drama, Pig, opens Friday, Aug. 23, in the Pasadena Little Theatre’s Black Box Theatre and plays through Sunday, Sept. 1 with curtains at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and matinees at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. For tickets, which are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students, call 713-941-1758.

35th anniversary party Aug. 14. Bay Area Museum Guild members will celebrate 35 years of service to the community with a party at the museum in Clear Lake Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14. All members are invited to the celebration and to learn of the guild’s future plans. RSVP to Louise Russell at louiserussell100@gmail.com or call her at 281-300-5262.

Senior Game Night. Senior Game Night will be held Friday, Aug. 9 and Friday, Aug. 23, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., at the Webster Recreation Building, 311 Pennsylvania Ave. Includes dinner, games and conversation. For information, call Bryan Morgan, 281-316-4137.

Houston Methodist Clear Lake Joins Centennial Celebration

August 1st, 2019

By Mary Alys Cherry

Houston Methodist is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, so its CEO, Dr. Marc Boom, brought the celebration down to its Clear Lake hospital June 25 so its employees could join the party.

Houston Methodist Clear Lake CEO Dan Newman welcomed the crowd with the news that they expect to break ground for the hospital’s new $40 million medical office building later this year. It will provide space for the hospital to add 30 to 40 new physicians to its staff of some 650 physicians and 850 employees, he explained.

He also introduced the crowd to Houston Methodist’s mobile Centennial Wall depicting a history of the hospital system and those who made it the success it is today. It will be on display in the lobby of the main entrance for a month before moving on to another Houston Methodist hospital.

Dr. Boom then took the crowd back in history to 1900 when a certain Dr. Oscar Norsworthy moved to Houston and established his medical practice, which on Christman Eve 1905 included the delivery of a baby who became known as Howard Hughes. Yes, the Howard Hughes.

A couple of years later, Dr. Norsworthy built an extension onto his home that contained 33 beds, so he could better care for his patients.

“If I’m going to take care of my patients, I need space to do that,” Dr. Norsworthy said.

Then in 1909, Dr. Norsworthy, wanting to explore the field of radium, sold his little hospital to the Methodist Church for about $35,000 on Dec. 31, 1909 on the condition that they modernize it. They did, Dr. Boom said, and “today Houston Methodist is worth $5 billion.”

In 1924, Dr. Boom continued his happy story, “the Methodists opened a 100-bed hospital and Methodist ministers served as CEOs.”

Medical giant and a pioneer in heart surgery Dr. Michael DeBakey joined the staff in 1948, and over the next 60 years helped put Houston Methodist “on the map” and be continually rated among America’s Best Hospitals. DeBakey called Houston Methodist “a hospital with a soul,” Dr. Boom said.

Today, despite “almost going belly up during the depression,” and suffering greatly from Hurricane Allison’s 2001 flooding and the flu epidemic of 1918 when 50 million people around the world lost their lives, Houston Methodist has eight hospitals, 2,000 beds, 24,000 employees and thousands of affiliated physicians and is looking forward to an even brighter future, Dr. Boom said as he concluded his remarks and went about shaking hands.

Afterwards, employees and members of the hospital’s Women’s Advisory Board lined up for punch and hors d’oeuvres as they shared historical stories with one another.

UHCL alumni invited to preview new center

July 29th, 2019

Photo from www.uhcl.edu

Check out the weight machines and walk the indoor track during the Alumni Free Weekend Preview event at University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Recreation and Wellness Center, Aug. 2-4. Sponsored by UH-Clear Lake’s Alumni Association and the staff of the Campus Recreation and Wellness, the event will give university alumni and their family and friends a chance to “REConnect” with the university, explore the new facility and showcase fitness opportunities at the center.

Participants will be able to access the Recreation and Wellness Center for free all weekend: Friday, Aug. 2, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 4, noon – 6 p.m. An alumni rate to join the center will also be available.

“We want our alumni to remember that they can reach their fitness needs just by returning to their alma mater,” said UH-Clear Lake Director of Alumni Engagement Carri Hill. “The Recreation and Wellness Center is an outstanding facility and this preview weekend allows alumni and their friends and families a chance to experience it.”

During the preview, the center will showcase the opportunities that exist with fitness and recreational programming, fitness and wellness education, and partners in the Exercise and Nutritional Health Institute (ENHI), and the Office of Alumni Engagement. On Saturday, noon – 3 p.m., attendees can meet with representatives and experience the following:

  • Group fitness demos;
  • Personal training assessments;
  • Children’s activities;
  • Pick-up sports opportunities;
  • Guided tours;
  • Snacks and refreshments.

In addition, on Saturday night, Aug. 3, 8 p.m., families are invited to be a part of an outdoor movie experience with “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” The animated Disney movie is rated PG and all are invited to bring snacks, blankets and chairs to the area directly outside of the Recreation and Wellness Center. Lemonade, popcorn and other treats are available at the event. In the case of rain, the movie will be moved inside the center.

To find out more, visit http://www.uhcl.edu/rec.

Washburn Tunnel to close nightly Aug. 5-9

July 29th, 2019

The Washburn Tunnel will be closed from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily, beginning Monday, Aug. 5 to Friday, Aug. 9. During that time, Texas Department of Transportation will conduct its biennial inspection, which is required by the Federal Highway Administration for all tunnels within the United States.

Drivers are reminded to use alternate routes during the closure. Alternate routes include I-610 East Loop Freeway, Sam Houston Parkway, and Highway 146.

The Washburn Tunnel is a two-lane underwater roadway connecting Galena Park and Pasadena. Named after Harris County Auditor Harry L. Washburn, the tunnel opened in 1950. It is the south’s largest and first toll-free vehicular tunnel. The site was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 2008.

For more information and updates on the Precinct, visit www.hcp2.com

Houston Methodist Clear Lake honored for stroke care

July 22nd, 2019

The American Heart Association recently recognized Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital for its excellence in stroke care.

Houston Methodist Clear Lake was awarded the AHA’s Get With The Guidelines/Gold Plus Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Quality Achievement Award – a national honor presented to hospitals that meet strict quality measures related to stro

ke diagnosis, treatment and care.

Because time is critical in stroke care, AHA’s Get With The Guidelines: Stroke program gives hospitals research-based guidelines for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients, reducing the possibility of disability or death and allowing for a faster, more complete recovery. The program also works to ensure that hospitals provide patients with education and assistance to manage their health and prevent recurrent stroke.

“This is a significant honor because it recognizes the ongoing efforts our physicians and staff make to improve the quality of care for stroke patients,” said Dan Newman, CEO of Houston Methodist Clear Lake. “The use of evidence-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes is making a significant difference in stroke care across the country, and we are committed to continuing to improve and enhance not just the immediate care we provide when a patient presents, but ongoing care and education to ensure that patients can resume a high quality of life following their stroke and minimize their future risks.”

To qualify for the honor, Houston Methodist Clear Lake met a variety of quality measures designed to reduce the time between a patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with alteplase, a clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator.

According to the AHA, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.


July 11th, 2019

(Left to Right) Chris Premont, Marketing Director, Regina Mitchell, Scholarship Recipient, Denise Stanley, Dealership Liaison.

Ron Carter Cadillac Hyundai is proud to announce the third of five recipients of the 2019 Ron Carter Clear Lake Community Achievers Scholarship, Regina Mitchell.

Ms. Mitchell, an outstanding senior from Glenda Dawson High School in Pearland, will receive $1,000 in scholarship funds. She plans to attend Baylor University – Waco, seeking a major in Pre-Med.

As a member of several Honor Societies, Cooper has also excelled as a manager and athlete for several sports teams at Dawson High School. In addition to an excellent academic record, she remained very active in volunteering her time at many area churches and service organizations.

Cooper hopes to one day serve women and families by becoming an Obstetrician Gynecologist. She discovered her passion for medicine and helping others while volunteering at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Downtown Houston.

Ron Carter Cadillac Hyundai offers the Greater Clear Lake Area high school seniors an opportunity to participate in the Ron Carter Clear Lake Community Achievers Scholarship.
Five college scholarships of $1,000 each is awarded to the deserving participants beginning in March. Applications are accepted February through June.

Since 2012, the Ron Carter Clear Lake Community Achievers Scholarship chooses from an array of students, and awards the scholarships based on academic achievement, leadership, character, service, and adult recommendations. From March to July, one recipient is chosen per month, and is open to high school seniors in the following Greater Clear Lake areas:

  • Clear Creek ISD
  • Alvin ISD
  • Deer Park ISD
  • Pasadena ISD
  • Dickinson ISD
  • LaPorte ISD
  • Pearland ISD
  • Friendswood ISD

Applicants may be students of public, parochial, or home schools. Ron Carter Cadillac Hyundai is pleased to offer high school students of the Greater Clear Lake area a chance to
partake in the yearly Ron Carter Clear Lake Community Achievers Scholarship as a way to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the college-bound seniors within the Clear Lake community.

Plum Hollow Drive roadwork scheduled

July 8th, 2019

Houston Public Works crews will begin a panel replacement in the Clear Lake area, along Plum Hollow Drive, from Brook Forest Drive to Hickory Knoll Drive, on Monday, July 8. The work is expected to be complete within 30 days, weather permitting, Houston City Council Member Dave Martin said in making the announcement.

The scope of work includes replacing several panels along the roadway. Crews will be on site from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

As a result of the construction activities, motorists are asked to be aware of flagmen and orange traffic cones that will be put in place on site to help with traffic flow through the construction zone as temporary lane closures are expected. One lane will remain open during the repairs process.

Residents will have access to driveways at all times, and may experience an increase in noise levels due to trucks and equipment in the area.

For more information, please contact Council Member Dave Martin’s office at 832-393-3008 or districte@houstontx.gov.

Seabrook solicitors must obtain permits prior to going door-to-door

July 2nd, 2019

In recent weeks Seabrook residents have been approached by door-to-door solicitors and it has been brought to the attention of the Seabrook Police Department. Many residents are leery of solicitors and with good reason; how do you know if the solicitor is representing a legitimate business or if it is someone trying to scam you for money?

Seabrook City Council has passed Ordinance No. 2013-25, Regulation of Peddlers, Itinerant Vendors, Hawkers, Solicitors and Canvassers. This ordinance requires all individuals and groups, unless exempt by the ordinance, to apply for a permit from the City of Seabrook. The permit requirement was unanimously passed by Council in order to protect residents from unwanted harassment and to identify peddlers and solicitors who may pose a threat to persons or property.

In addition to the required permit, the ordinance also includes:

  • Solicitors may only conduct business between the hours of 8 a.m. to approximately one hour before sunset.
  • Solicitors may not approach a property that has a posted “No Soliciting” or “No Trespassing” sign.
  • Solicitors may not remain on private property if they have been asked to leave.

The Seabrook Police Department would like to remind residents to follow these safety tips when someone rings your doorbell.

  • Never open the door to someone you do not know. You may speak to them through a locked closed door.
  • Ensure they have a city-issued permit, which should be visible.
  • Do not engage in conversation if you are not interested in the product or service being offered.
  • Do not debate or argue with the solicitor.
  • Do not let the solicitor into your home.
  • You may place a “No Soliciting” or “No Trespassing” sign in your yard or on your door.
  • If you have opted to place a sign prohibiting solicitors and are still approached by one, simply do not open your door, or, calmly ask them to leave.
  • Contact the Seabrook Police Department by calling 281-291-5610 if you have any concerns or would like to report suspicious behavior.

The ordinance and permitting process helps ensure the safety of our residents. If you would like to conduct business in the City of Seabrook as a peddler or solicitor please visit www.seabrooktx.gov/peddler to apply for a permit.