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Posts published in August 2022

Battleship sails to Galveston August 31

The Battleship Texas is set to sail on Wednesday, Aug. 31 to a drydock in Galveston for repairs to its hull.

In Drydock for repairs one year

Battleship Texas Foundation Announces Ship Departure on August 31st

LA PORTE- The Battleship Texas Foundation (BTF), with their partners, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Historical Commission, announce that the Battleship Texas will be departing San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site for repairs on August 31st. Repairs will be done at Gulf Copper & Manufacturing Corporations’ Galveston Shipyard. Due to weather or day of delays, the departure is subject to potential postponement. A livestream video of the departure will be available for the public to view for free on the BTF YouTube channel and Facebook group page.

San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, parts of Independence Parkway, and the Lynchburg Ferry will be closed from the early morning hours on August 31st until the ship has moved past the Lynchburg Ferry. The ship can be viewed throughout her route over most of the day. Good viewing locations for the public include, subject to the local authority, Bayland Island, Texas City Dike, Seawolf Park, and Pier 21. The ship should pass the Texas City Dike and Seawolf Park around early to mid-afternoon and be in Galveston by mid to late afternoon.

All updates will be on the BTF website battleshiptexas.org.

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Habitat plans 450 homes on Tidwell

New 127 acre community known as Robins Landing

Houston Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on 127-acre masterplanned community

HOUSTON — Houston Habitat for Humanity together with partners including the City of Houston broke ground on Robins Landing, a vibrant master-planned community serving low to moderate income Houstonians in their journey to homeownership. Located near Tidwell Road and Mesa Drive in northeast Houston, the 127-acre site will provide critically needed affordable homes, essential services, retail opportunities, and access to green-space. Hines, the international real estate firm, will serve as a strategic advisor to Houston Habitat for the development, which is a first of its kind.

“Today’s groundbreaking on Robins Landing marks an exciting moment for Houston Habitat and an exciting future for many Houstonians” said Allison Hay, executive director of Houston Habitat for Humanity. “Along with our partners, we are creating a more inclusive, equitable, and open path toward homeownership. Everyone deserves a decent and affordable place to call home with access to everyday resources that make a thriving community.”

Designed for mixed-income and mixed-generations, Robins Landing is set to include more than 450 single-family homes. One hundred homes will be built by Houston Habitat for those earning 80 percent or below the City of Houston’s average median income (AMI) and be sold through the Habitat for Humanity Homeownership program. Three hundred homes will be designed, priced, and sold by partner builders CastleRock Communities and Chesmar Homes for those whose income is 120 percent AMI or below.

Robins Landing, a mixed-use community, will have various types of housing, including about 100 Habitat for Humanity single family homes similar to this prototype.

Legendary Crosby Realtor plans retirement

CROSBY – A bit of Crosby history will retire this month, as Don Cox of Century 21 Life Savers Realty company says, “Hello Crosby – Goodbye Crosby.”

On August 23, 1972, Don Cox sold 5 lots on opening day in Newport. His brother, Audie Cox, was the Sales Manager at that time and told him he put all 5 of Don’s sales on top to be processed first.

Don told the newspaper, “I worked for Diamondhead Corporation part-time while teaching school in Pasadena. I loved the area and sales so much that I moved to Crosby in 1974 and made this my permanent home. Diamondhead Corporation had a change in management and I was terminated in 1975, so I opened my own company with Ed Ping called Lake Houston Real Estate in 1976. Things didn’t work out with Ed, so I bought Ed out and in 1978 I bought a Century 21 Franchise and named it Life Changers, Inc. Now I have sold the two-story white house that I rebuilt in 1996 and have terminated my Franchise. I will still help my previous clients and their friends.

Chambers County confirms the first case of Monkeypox in the County

The Epidemiology Division continues to investigate this case, and is working with local, regional, state, and federal partners in monitoring the situation.

Currently, the risk of disease to the general public remains very low. Monkeypox spread through skin to skin contact, contact with body fluids or lesions, or shared items that are contaminated by an individual with Monkeypox such as bedding. Additionally, it can be spread through respiratory droplets to persons in close proximity and prolonged exposure (3 hours) to a positive case. Symptoms of monkeypox include rash, fever, body aches, and swollen lymph nodes.

GC Superintendent O’Brien extolls District accomplishments at Highlands Chamber

HIGHLANDS – “Here We Grow Giants” was the message that Goose Creek superintendent Randal O’Brien delivered to the Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber last Thursday at their monthly luncheon.

O’Brien showed slides and gave an extensive talk about all of the innovative programs offered by his district, and the accomplishments of the students and graduates.

However, he said he thought the story needed to be heard by more of the public, and he has been making rounds of service clubs and chambers to help explain what good things happen at his district.

Since his appointment as Superintendent in 2014, he has seen the district grow from 25 to 32 schools, now with 24,000 students, 4000 employees, and $18 million in scholarships every year for seniors.

Crosby Superintendent’s Back 2 School message

Hello East Harris County and Crosby ISD families,

Welcome to the new year. We are off to an amazingly great start! Thank you to everyone who approached the new year with patience and grace and contributed to making the first two days of the school year a success. The new routines went fairly well. There are always things upon which to improve. We will work to get better each year.

The start to the new year was met with some challenges the night before the first day of school, but Crosby ISD responded to the challenge. You might remember we had a storm that blew through the night before the first day of school. The storm caused some serious problems. Our technology, maintenance, and transportation teams leaped into action Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The storm knocked out power, internet, and phones at our Operations Center. Our transportation team relocated to Crosby High School to finish entering routes late into the night. Our staff members were making phone calls to parents past 10pm to ensure families had the information they needed for Thursday morning. Our Crosby Middle School team arrived at work extra early Thursday morning to print schedules since the storm disrupted that process Wednesday evening.

I traveled to each Crosby ISD campus on the first day of school, and what I saw inspired me.

UPDATE ON SAN JACINTO RIVER WASTE PITS

From THEA/San Jacinto River Coalition:

On June 23rd the EPA hosted its first in-person community meeting for the San Jacinto River Waste Pits since 2019. The agency provided an overview of the work that’s been done in the last few years and details of the process moving forward. The community also had the opportunity to meet new EPA team members who have joined the remedial effort as it has become one of the most technically complex cleanups the agency is tasked with.

During Hurricane Harvey, severe scour on the eastern side of the Northern Pit left it at risk of destabilizing. Yet the material to repair it was delayed by weeks due to fog-congested waterways on the Mississippi River.

When the EPA Administrator informed THEA about this, our Executive Director responded, “It is absolutely absurd that our river and Galveston Bay are at risk for catastrophic dioxin exposure because the EPA hasn’t required local storage of emergency materials.”

Since then, the San Jacinto River Coalition has continued pressing the EPA to require material be kept nearby for emergency repairs. And they now have local sources for emergency repair materials in the event that the cap is damaged again.

COVID-19 Novavax Vaccine Now Available at HCPH Sites

Houston – Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is pleased to announce that there is a new option for people to get their COVID19 vaccine. On July 13, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine for emergency use. Following approvals of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), HCPH is now offering the COVID-19 Novavax vaccine to residents. Novavax is a two-dose primary series for individuals 18 years of age and older given 3 weeks apart.

Novavax uses a different technique than other COVID-19 vaccines such as those from Pfizer and Moderna. Instead of using mRNA, which provides the instructions for your body to create the COVID-19 spike protein that in turn induces your body’s immune response, Novavax’s vaccine injects the small protein itself, that your body detects and that triggers your body’s immune response. The Novavax vaccine is based on a well-established method of vaccine development that has been used for years for other vaccines such as the Human-papillomavirus, Hepatitis B, flu, and Shingles vaccines.

Lawsuit filed after concrete truck falls from overpass, injures 3 and kills boy

Concrete Mixer Truck fell from Beltway 8 onto car driving below on frontage road. A 22 month old boy was killed, 3 others injured.

HOUSTON — A family whose SUV was crushed when a concrete-mixer truck toppled off the East Beltway and landed on their vehicle is now seeking compensation in the wake of an apparent freak accident that killed a 22- month-old boy. Nicolas Resendiz was identified as the 22-month-old child who died in the Aug. 5, 2022, crash on the East Beltway

His aunt, Esmerelda Resendiz, described little Nicolas Resendiz saying, “He was just a happy little boy. He wasn’t shy like his sister. He would go to anybody. He would smile with you and laugh.”

The family is having a hard time accepting what happened was real.

“It’s still hard for us to process everything. Doing every day, daily things, with him not being here, or seeing one and not the other,” Esmerelda Resendiz said.

The lawsuit was filed by Jennifer and Maria Resendiz, two of the SUV’s occupants, against National Ready Mix LLC of Kingwood, which is the company that owns the truck involved in the Aug. 5 crash.