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Posts published in “Day: April 19, 2007”

Crosby’s Palais Royal begins sales April 18

CROSBY— With the April 18 Grand Opening of a brand new Palais Royal store at 14029 FM 2100, Crosby area residents will have their very own Family Fashion Store with So Much to Love and easier access to name-brand fashions than ever before.
Palais Royal has a reputation for bringing style, selection and value to neighborhoods and small communities in and around the Greater Houston, Texas area,
This newest Palais Royal store will offer one-stop shopping conveneince with apparel for the entire family, plus shoes, accessories, jewelry and home gifts. Shoppers will be able to find their favorite brand names including Reebok, Izod, Sag Harbor, Chaps, Haggar, South Pole, Levi’s, U.S. Polo Assn., Carter’s, Nike and many more.

In addition to great prices on great brand names, Palais Royal customers have access to a store branded credit card and a V.I.P Rewards Program. Palais Royal credit card customers earn V.I.P. awards such as invitations to exclusive savings events, free gift wrapping and more, based on annual purchases. Cardholders also receive bonus savings coupons via mail. Additionally, Palais Royal offers a special discount program for its customers age 50 and over.
Palais Royal will hold a six-day Grand Opening Celebration for the entire Crosby community, starting with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, April 18 at 8:45 a.m.
All Palais Royal shoppers can enjoy a 1.5% storewide discount with a Grand Opening Shopping Pass. The first 150 customers, age 16 and older, to arrive at the store on Wednesday and Thursday will receive free gifts. On Friday and Saturday, Crosby customers win receive a Bonus Coupon Book offering five weeks of bonus savings. All shoppers who visit the new store at any point in the six-day festivities can register to win one of three $250 Palais Royal gift cards, and the first 200 customers to make a Junior Department purchase will receive a Free 1-year ‘Seventeen’ magazine subscription. The celebration will continue through Monday, April 23, with great savings throughout the store.

Crime Stoppers offers $35K reward for Crosby woman’s murderer

BY BOBBY HORN JR.
CROSBY— Crime Stoppers and private sources have increased to $35,000 the reward offered to help find the killer of a Crosby woman who was fatally shot and then set on fire in the Galleria area last year.
Melanie Diane Parker, 21, was discovered in a bed at her apartment in the 2700 block of Briargrove on May 25, 2006 said Ray Wathen, communications manager for Crime Stoppers of Houston.
The apartment had been set on fire to cover the murder.
“We have run every lead possible and come up empty,” Wathen said. “This may have been a crime of opportunity.”
The announcement came during a press conference held Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Crosby.
A Crosby native, Parker was an engineering student at San Jacinto College.
“This was a good kid,” Wathen said. “She was very close with her family. This has been a hard, hard thing for them.”
Crime Stoppers had been offering a $5,000 reward.
“Let’s see if a little more money will help,” Wathen said.
In addition to the press conference, Parker’s family and friends held a personal health, safety and crime prevention fair during the morning. Events included presentations on safety, crime awareness and prevention, crisis intervention, child fingerprinting and other crime-related subjects.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Old School Museum opens

By BOBBY HORN JR.
DAYTON—It was six years in the making, but this past weekend the Old School Museum opened its doors to the public.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the museum located in a former schoolhouse across for the Dayton Post Office.
Dayton Historical Society President Mary Beth Jamison said the society began looking at the building in 2001. While it was build as Dayton’s first school, he building had gone through changes since it was used from 1900-1910. During the mid to late 1990s the building housed an antique store. This closed in 2000 and the building was condemned.
The owner of the property, Margaret Jameson, agreed to sell the land and building to the society for $23,000.
Mary Beth said that as a historical landmark itself, the building was a perfect location for a historical museum. Even though work has been done inside the building to accommodate modern conveniences such as electric lights, climate control and an alarm system as well as bring it up to code, much of the interior is as it was when students used the building.

“These are the original floors, ceiling and walls,” Mary Beth said.
The museum is divided into sections with a community room, a schoolroom and a Dayton history room. In the schoolroom, school furniture of the period has been set up to give visitors a glimpse into life in yesteryear. On the desk sits a copy of the “McGuffey Reader”, a typical schoolbook of the period. In other rooms are photographs and paintings of Dayton past, including a painting of the Rio Theatre that operated in downtown Dayton in 1970.
Putting the museum together was not cheap either. Mary Beth said that they raised $100,000 to renovate and outfit the museum.
Funding came for a diverse selection of sources. In addition to private donations, the museum committee held quilt raffles, radio and TV auctions, garage sales, bake and plant sales.
“We tried to think of any way to bring money in,” Mary Beth said. At one point, the television show “Texas Justice” invited several Dayton residents to be in their audience. The monies paid by the show were donated to the museum coffers. The museum also received funds from the City of Dayton from the Hotel/ Motel tax. These funds can only be used for certain types of projects including tourism, which allowed the museum to qualify.
“This has been a labor of love,” Mary Beth said. “Not just for me but all of us,” referring to the many volunteers who helped make the museum a reality.
The museum will be open two hours a day on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Dayton Ole Tyme Days Festival, then another two hours during Pioneer Days which is held the first weekend of May,
Future plans are to open the museum for regular operating hours three days a week.