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City of Baytown hopes to reduce waste with Recycling Pilot Program

Due to the success of its single stream curb-side recycling program, the City of Baytown, in partnership with Waste Management, has begun implementation of a six-month pilot program designed to provide residents with more capacity for recycling. As part of the pilot, three participating neighborhoods have or will soon receive a 96-gallon recycling cart. Collection days in the pilot area will remain the same; only the size of the container will change. The new, larger containers will allow participants to increase their recycling and decrease the amount of trash put out for collection. There is no additional cost to the resident.
“Our residents’ response and participation in our recycling program has been impressive; but we can still do more,” said City Manager Bob Leiper. “If the pilot program is successful, the City could implement these new containers city-wide, helping to reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill.”
A wide variety of items can be recycled city-wide, including paper items, glass, tin or steal cans, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles or containers. Paper items that are collected include paper cardboard, dairy and juice containers, paperboard, magazines, newspapers and junk mail. Plastic items that should be recycled will be labeled with the recycling symbol and a number 1 -7.
Items that should not be included in any of the recycling receptacles include food waste, films, plastic bags, plastic wrap, or foam cups and containers. Yard waste should also never be included in either the new recycling cart or the standard blue bin. To ensure collection, recycling should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on your recycling day.
During the pilot program, recycling through out the City will continue as usual. For more information on recycling visit, or call the City of Baytown’s Public Works Department at 281-420-5300.

Man drowns in San Jacinto River

Attempting rescue of young swimmer at Banana Bend

HIGHLANDS– Only three weeks after Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia held a news conference on the shores of the San Jacinto River, warning of the dangers of drowning in these waters, and emphasizing boating safety and swimmers not overestimating their abilities to handle the currents and obstacles in the water, the river took another life.
On Thursday, June 16 at about 10 a.m. two teenagers were swimming in waters near Banana Bend Beach on Sandy Lane. A 17 year old and a 13 year old were swimming, when they began to have trouble in the water. A 45 year old man entered the river to help them. He pulled the younger boy to safety, but had trouble with the currents and was unable to pull the 17 year old out, nor himself. Another man helped extricate them, and CPR was performed.

Highlands EMS and Crosby EMS answered the emergency call, and then sent the 17 year old by LifeFlight to Hermann Memorial hospital, where he survived. However, the man who first entered the river was not revived, and he was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Highlands EMS reported that two other persons almost drowned the week before at the same location, and since May of this year there have been a total of 3 drowning deaths in the Banana Bend area. Harris County Sheriff’s office said that on the river and Lake Houston, there have been a total of 7 drownings this year, involving swimmers and boaters.
Highlands Fire Department has kept busy this week with other types of emergency calls also, they report. On Friday they answered a call on the I-10 bridge westbound, at about 11:30 a.m. when a woman drove an SUV into the back of a stopped trailer and pickup, killing the driver of the stopped vehicle. There were 4 other persons in the struck vehicle, but they were not hurt.
HVFD has also been answering small brush fire calls, but to date no major wildfires have occured.

Highlands Rotary installs new Officers, Board

HIGHLANDS– The Rotary Club of Highlands has installed new officers and a new board, for the next year starting July 1 and ending June 30, 2012.
The new president is Denise Smith, who it was announced at the dinner is now Chief Clerk in Judge Mike Parrott’s office.
The installation was held at the Baytown Boat Club on Clear Lake Road in Highlands. About 75 persons attended, including the families of many of the new board members and officers, the Interact Club officers from Chinquapin and Goose Creek Memorial High School, and special guests including Judge Don Coffey, Constable Ken Jones, and Judge Mike Parrott and their wives.
Cooking was done by the Henderson Cooking Team and Charlie Ward, and music was provided by Bill Manahan.

In her outgoing remarks as retiring president, Michelle Lomazoff spoke of the accomplishment of the club in the last year. She said that Rotary International has added another category or “avenue” of service for clubs to follow, which is “New Generation.” The Highlands club has sponsored two Interact (High School level) clubs, has served presents to perfect attendance students at Highlands Elementary, and donated bicycles and dictionaries to the schools. It has also provided $30,000 in scholarships this year, to 18 students from the area, and it has also sponsored a large group of Interact students to attend the national conference.
In the coming year, Rotary will sponsor and support an interntional exchange student, a girl from Spain who will arrive in August. She will attend Goose Creek Memorial, and live with the Smith, Cotten, and Scott families for the year.
Awards were given out by President Lomazoff for outstanding work during the year, and perfect attendance. The longest attendance award went to Weston Cotten for 25 years.
The Rotarian of the Year, the most prestigious award the club has, was won this year by two persons, voted on by the membership. They were Betty Brewer and Michelle Lomazoff.
Denise Smith welcomed the audience as she accepted the office of president, and spoke of her plans for her next year.
She reviewed the results of the 2011 Chili Feast, which raised over $100,000 and netted the club $70,000 for projects and scholarships. She noted that this is quite an accomplishment for only 24 members.
Denise plans to continue the scholarship program, and hopes to expand it with revenue from the Chili Feast. The club is very active this year and next with the local schools, and has applied for a $2500 Rotary grant for Partners In Education.
Denise would like to expand the Holiday food basket program, which annually helps about 100 families, with the Food Pantry. But she noted that many children go home from school “and it’s amazing that they are hungry for the weekend.”
She said her year would be more active with Interact, and the exchange student. She is working closely with the Rotary presidents of nearby clubs, to work on joint projects.
She closed by admonishing the club members to invite a guest to ehlp a Rotary Project, and to “Share your passion for Rotary” with others, inviting them also to attend a luncheon.
She reminded all that Highlands Rotary has the reputation in the Houston area as “The Biggest Little Club in District 5890.”

Huberty voted “Rookie of the Year” in Texas Legislature

Austin, TX–June 16, 2011–This week, State Representative Dan Huberty was named “Rookie of the Year” by Texas Monthly. The announcement was made along with the biennial list of 10 Best and 10 Worst Legislators by writer Paul Burka.
After the initial announcement, Texas Monthly gave reasonsfor their selections. Huberty’s title was included in the Special Awardssection. Burka had the following to say about the freshman member, “If there were such elections, he would have won freshman class president by a land slide.
The former president of the Humble ISD, Dan Huberty is self-assured,diligent, and willing and able to tackle tough issues. In a session fraughtwith partisanship, he made a point of working across the aisle, joining forces with Democrat René Oliveira to co-author a school exemption amendment to thedivisive sanctuary cities bill.

Huberty gives veteran members hope that somedaythe era of Washington-style partisan gridlock in the Texas House will come toan end.” Upon learning about the title, Huberty said, “I am honored to have earned this title a midst such a large and talented pool of Freshmen, along with the respect of the my fellow members, the Capitol community and the media during this difficult legislative session. This has been a great experience for myself and my family and I am grateful that this body was ableto accomplish many of the goals I set for our district before the 82nd Session began.” He continued by saying, “Now that we are in Special Session attempting to tackle the tough issues for the State of Texas, I hope we can continue to work together as a body to achieve these new goals.”