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Friday                  August 20, 2004

Galveston TIRZ 11

The Board of Directors of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 11, the Falcon Group's Towers Condominium Project on Galveston's East Beach, today voted to contract with Halff Associates for landscape architectural services and engineering services. 

The board formally adopted an agreement with Knudson & Associates to provide administrative services to the zone.

Falcon Group President Richard Anderson said that the developers have applied for building permits for the project and he expects work to begin in October. Listen

"We currently have 134 reservations, which we plan on rolling into earnest money contracts in September," Anderson said, explaining that work could not begin on the project until sales goals were met. 

Anderson said that the Falcon group is moving forward on water and sewer infrastructure improvements. Listen

Curtiss Brown expressed appreciation for the positive report,"as one who sits also on TIRZ 13, which needs the water and sewer." 

"This has been a stress point, I think, for Shirazi," said Anderson, referring to Tofigh Shirazi the developer of the neighboring Beachtown Galveston project, explaining that the process is moving as quickly as possible.  "I tell him, 'Hey, it's going to happen."

Anderson said the purchasers are from a five-county region in the Houston area.  Many are University of Texas Medical Branch doctors and others are mature professionals buying second homes.

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Houston Police Department

Houston Police Chief Harold L. Hurtt proposed today that officers working extra jobs at nightclubs should continue to do so with modifications made to the department's extra employment policy.  

Acting upon recommendations from the Extra Employment Committee formed last November, Hurtt agreed that more checks and balances are necessary in regulating officers working extra jobs at nightclubs.  

"We want to make sure that whatever changes we make are in the best interests of the public safety for citizens and officers at these clubs," Hurtt said.      

Hurtt said that he is considering the following proposed changes to General Order 300-14, Extra Employment:  

  *  Make approved permits available to area patrol commanders that will increase accountability for supervisors monitoring officers.  

  *  Mandate training for officers working at clubs on specific issues related to the nightclub environment.  

  *  Increase monitoring of extra job activities by first line supervisors.  

  *  Temporarily suspend extra employment permits for officers under investigation regarding activities while working at nightclubs.  

  *  Deny issuance of extra-employment permits if a club has received numerous violations from TABC.  

Hurtt noted that recent incidents reported in the media questioning the actions of a few police officers should not be reason to discontinue extra employment at nightclubs.  

"I want to stress that the majority of officers working off-duty at nightclubs are enforcing all laws and adhering to our department policies," Hurtt said.

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Port of Houston Authority

The Port of Houston Authority Commission on Monday will consider a $1.882 million contract with Arcadis G&M, Inc. for the Bayport Container and Cruise Terminal Mitigation Project – Memorial Tract.  If approved, Arcadis G&M would be expected to prepare a wetland mitigation plan and provide planting, monitoring, and documentation of wetland performance for a term not to exceed six years. 

The commission will consider a recommendation to award an estimated $3.402 million contract to Dashiell Corporation for construction of the electrical substation at Bayport Phase 1A.

The commission will consider a recommendation to amend the contract with Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. by an estimated amount of $433,300 for the design of the container yard and associated infrastructure at Bayport Phase 1A. 

The commission will consider a recommendation to authorize PHA to advertise and receive qualifications from vendors interested in and capable of providing professional services to monitor and maintain particulate samplers at the Bayport construction site. The services are required as a condition of the permit granted earlier this year by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

The commission will consider a recommendation to evaluate and rank qualifications and authorize negotiations for a $3 million design/build contract for the second phase of PHA security infrastructure enhancements. 

The commission will also consider a recommendation to authorize a one-year interlocal agreement with the Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves for patrol security services and interchange gate security services at PHA’s East End Container Terminal in Galveston.  

"If approved, the Port of Galveston would be expected to fulfill its agreement to continue providing security services from September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005 at an estimated cost of $56,970, payable in monthly installments," said the PHA news release.

The commission’s agenda also includes a recommendation to authorize PHA to advertise and receive proposals from vendors interested in and capable of providing a mobile security unit.  The PHA has been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the Transportation Security Administration’s Office of Domestic Preparedness for the purchase of a vehicle to enhance security at PHA facilities. 

Following the meeting, port commissioners will participate in the grand opening of the new $4.35 million state-of-the-art Port Coordination Center "that utilizes technologically advanced communications systems and data sharing equipment to facilitate immediate, accurate communication exchange between Port Coordination Team members, including the PHA Police Department, U.S. Coast Guard, and various local, state and federal regulatory and law enforcement agencies."

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Pasadena City Council

Pasadena City Council on Tuesday voted 8-1, with Jack Douglass opposed, to give final approval for the acquisition of property to widen and reconstruct Pasadena Boulevard from Jackson to State Highway 225 and to extend Strawberry Road from Jackson to Harris. 

 

The city council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance authorizing an $85,701 grant contract with the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Domestic Preparedness.  The grant is awarded to fund local government fire prevention efforts.

 

The city council voted to defer action on proposed amendments to the fee schedules for library use and for parks and recreation services.

 

The city council unanimously voted to appropriate $60,000 for the Cresthaven Estates Project.

 

The city council unanimously voted to accept a donation of $800 from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for use by the parks and recreation department in connection with the Crenshaw tree planting project.

 

All other agenda items were approved.  All votes were unanimous, except for several 8-1 votes when Jerri Neely was out of the room.  City council rules record absences as "no" votes. 

 

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Clear Lake Shores City Council

Correction: Clear Lake Shores City Council unanimously approved all sets of minutes at Tuesday's meeting.

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University of Texas Medical Branch

More than 100 students received professional degrees today  from the School of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in a ceremony at the Moody Gardens Convention Center.

 

These graduates are the first group to complete the new IDEAL curriculum established in 2001 which educates students as part of a medical team.  The students received bachelor degrees in clinical laboratory sciences, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, and master’s degrees in physician assistant studies.  Master’s degrees in physical therapy will be awarded in December.  

  

Elva Concha LeBlanc, Ph.D., president of Galveston College, delivered the commencement address.

 

Barbara A. Railey, J.D., was recognized as the SAHS 2004 Distinguished Alumna.

 

For "their efforts in scholarship, professionalism and creativity," UTMB also honored Nivia Benitez Montes, who received the John G. Bruhn Award for Professionalism; Kera Dawn Figueroa, who received the Student Honor Award; and Jessica Leah Cowling, Michelle Rivers, Lisa Rene Skeirys and Will Donn Thompson, who received Team Ideal awards.

 

Ten percent of today's graduates have already accepted positions at UTMB, according to Raymond Lewis, Jr., associate dean for admissions and student affairs.  

 

"About 90 percent of the graduates have secured positions in their field," Lewis said. 

 

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Texas A&M University at Galveston

Texas A&M University at Galveston Maritime Corps of Cadets Freshman Orientation students spent this afternoon cleaning the beach at the Fort San Jacinto Historic Point, at the east end of Seawall.

Annually, the Corps of Cadets holds a weeklong orientation for incoming students before the fall semester called, “Fish Indoc.”  

During the orientation, cadets entering the Maritime program learn about the Corps, the rules and regulations, ship orientation, and team building.  The orientation program is run by sophomore and junior cadets and overseen by the commandant of cadets.  Included in the Fish Indoc, the cadets also took time to participate in a community service project.

"One of the many traditions of Texas A&M University is giving back to the community," said a news release, explaining that each cadet is required to give three to five hours a semester to community service.  "Every spring, students at Texas A&M University at Galveston gather on a Saturday to participate in 'Big Event' which is a one-day community service event."

This year the cadets are working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the City of Galveston, Texas General Land Office, Clean Galveston, and the Park Board of Trustees to restore and maintain the Fort San Jacinto Historic Point.   

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Clear Creek Independent School District

Pat Jones, Clear Creek Independent School District faculty consultant to the College Board, has been selected to participate in the annual reading and scoring of the board's AP Examinations in English Language and Composition.

 

Each year the AP Program, sponsored by the College Board, gives more than one million capable high school students an opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses and examinations and, based on their exam performance, to receive credit and/or advanced placement when they enter college.

 

More than 6,000 readers from universities and high schools evaluated approximately 1.9 million examinations in 19 disciplines. 

 

“The reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, executive director of the Advanced Placement Program at the College Board.  “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Pat Jones.” 

  *  CCISD has announced a change in location for the first Clear Creek High School Varsity Wildcat Football game. The game is now scheduled for 7 p.m., August 27 at Friendswood High School in the Henry Winston Stadium at 702 Greenbriar.   For additional details call Clear Creek High School at (281) 338-5600.

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San Jacinto College

The National Association for the Education of Young Children has awarded accreditation to the San Jacinto College Central Child Development Lab School.

“We’re proud to be accredited by NAEYC, and recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Fran Brockington, San Jacinto Central Child Development Lab School director.  “The accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences.” 

The school serves children of San Jacinto students, staff and faculty, and children from the community. Children ages 18 months to five years are eligible for enrollment.

The lab’s mission is "to provide responsible, nurturing care using positive guidance techniques in a developmentally appropriate setting which fosters the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of young children."

The school also serves as a training and observation facility for students in the field of early childhood.  These students are enrolled in early childhood classes offered through the Child Development and Family Studies Department which provides training on a college level for future teachers. 

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United States House of Representatives 

Congressman Nick Lampson will host his annual health fairs next Wednesday and Thursday; at the Ridgewood Retirement Community, 2520 Interstate 10 East in Beaumont on August 25; and at Remington Park, 901 West Baker Road in Baytown on August 26.  

The "Putting the Care Back in Healthcare V" fairs have been held at two Ninth Congressional District locations each year since 2000.

"Access to health care and related concerns are foremost in the minds of many seniors, and this annual event is one way to bring them information about service providers in our community," Lampson said.  

Free screenings and an open forum are also offered.  The events are free and open to the public.

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Information of interest to Southeast Texas is posted on the Community Page of The Online News Station.

The Galveston Antique Dealers Association will host Antiques Showcase Weekend, October 8 through October 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 pm daily.  Details

Auditions for the upcoming community theatre production of Dale Wasserman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on August 30 at The Strand Theatre at 2317 Ship’s Mechanic Row in Galveston.  Details

Representatives from San Jacinto College South have participated in a series of radio spots on Radio Saigon Houston, a Vietnamese language radio station.  Photo and Details

Scheduled Meetings
Meetings will be held in the regular meeting place of the city council or other governmental body, unless otherwise specified.

Today, August 20
7:00 Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel," Clear Creek Country Theatre, 18091 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay
6:00 “Glass: An Artist’s Medium,” Opening tonight at the Arts Alliance Center of Clear Lake, 2000 N ASA Parkway

8:00 "Patsy Cline: A Little Bit of Heaven," Strand Theatre, Galveston
8:00 "Cabaret," etc, 2001 Postoffice, Galveston 

Saturday, August 21
9:00 West Galveston Island Property Owners Association, Galveston Country Club.  Bob Stokes, president of the Galveston Bay Foundation, will speak on past, present, and future projects for the West Bay.
7:00 Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel," Clear Creek Country Theatre, 18091 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay

8:00 "Patsy Cline: A Little Bit of Heaven," Strand Theatre, Galveston
8:00 "Cabaret," etc, 2001 Postoffice, Galveston 

Sunday, August 22
2:30 Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel," Clear Creek Country Theatre, 18091 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay
2:30 "Cabaret," etc, 2001 Postoffice, Galveston

Monday, August 23
8:00 Texas Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association Convention, Moody Gardens Convention Center
12:30 College of the Mainland Board of Trustees
1:30 Jefferson County Commissioners Court
2:00 Jefferson County Commissioners Court Budget Workshop
2:00 Port of Houston Authority Commission
12:30 College of the Mainland Board of Trustees
6:00 La Marque City Council
7:00 Shoreacres City Council
7:00 Clear Lake Shores Planning and Zoning Commission
7:30 El Lago City Council
 

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