$10 Microchips at BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions April 15 – April 20

City of Houston • April 15, 2014

BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions is celebrating National Pet ID week by reducing pet microchip prices to $10 from Tuesday, April 15 – Sunday, April 20 at its adoption facility and wellness center located at 3200 Carr Street, Houston 77026. BARC is open from noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday – Wednesday and Friday - Sunday. All walk-ins are welcome. Continue Reading »

El día de los Niños / El día de los Libros at the Houston Public Library

Office of Mayor Annise Parker • April 10, 2014

Children of all ages are invited to join the Houston Public Library (HPL) for entertaining and educational festivities in celebration of El día de los Niños / El día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) during April 2014.  The programs are provided in partnership by: Arte Público Press, Institute of Hispanic Culture, Writers in the Schools, Houston Arts Alliance, and University of Houston Mexican American Student Association. All programs are free and open to the public. For more details call 832-393-1313 or visit: Continue Reading »

Three major traffic safety campaigns to take place in April

West University Examiner • April 7, 2014

84 percent of last year’s work zone fatalities were motorists not workers, contributing to the 17,266 work zone crashes, 3522 serious injuries and 115 fatalities last year in TxDOT work zones. National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) kicks off today, Monday, April 7 and is aimed at reminding drivers that traveling through work zones, 2500 active TxDOT work zones alone, requires your undivided attention. Continue Reading »

Input needed on H.P.A.R.D. Parks Master Plan

City of Houston Parks & Recreation Department • April 7, 2014

HPARD is in the process of evaluating and adjusting its Master Plan, last published in 2008. The plan gives direction for the growth of the city’s park system for the next twenty years. Since 2007, the City of Houston has been divided into 21 Park Sectors and park need analysis at this level is being done in Phase II of the Master Plan. We need your input, as a resident who uses the park system, to enhance this assessment by providing input on priorities of the items that need to be addressed first with available funding. Continue Reading »

Starkweather neighbors use history to fight for preservation

Houston Chronicle • April 6, 2014

Doyle Johnson points up and down East 31½ Street and rattles off the names of neighbors he’s had over the course of his 63 years, generations of carpenters and ministers and small business owners who gave character to this collection of modest bungalows and shotgun-style houses just outside Loop 610 North. Continue Reading »

Metro Sees Record-Breaking Spring Break Ridership

Houston Public Media • March 31, 2014

Metro says there were over a million boardings on the Main Street line during the three-week spring break period. Close to half of those riders traveled Reliant Park for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Others traveled to the Museum District and Hermann Park.

Metro’s Jerome Gray says the numbers show a 6.6 percent increase in ridership over the same period last year. Continue Reading »

Mayor Parker Launches Second Year of “Make Safe Saturday”

Office of Mayor Annise Parker • March 29, 2014

Joined by city officials, invited elected officials, community leaders and neighborhood residents, Houston Mayor Annise Parker traveled to Sunnyside today to launch the second year of Make Safe Saturday.  Instituted last March, the quarterly initiative ”makes safe” blighted and dangerous properties that are in violation of city codes and which the owners have failed to correct. Continue Reading »

Youth Police Council to Discuss Human Trafficking, Other Topics

Office of Mayor Annise Parker • March 28, 2014

At 9 a.m. TOMORROW (Saturday, March 29), Houston Police Department personnel will meet with members of the Youth Police Advisory Council (YPAC) at HPD Headquarters at 1200 Travis to discuss issues most important in the lives of teens today.

Executive Assistant Chief Martha Montalvo will moderate a discussion on human trafficking, drugs and violence.     Continue Reading »

County jail passes compliance inspection for fifth year in a row

Houston Chronicle • March 28, 2014

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office on Friday touted an annual inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards that found the state’s largest lock-up is — for the fifth year in a row — in compliance with state jail standards and is not overcrowded. Continue Reading »

Pop Off: Salute to HFD; Trash Bash; Goodbye to Waynette Chan

Office of Council Member Ed Gonzalez • March 26, 2014

I’d like to begin today by sending my sincere gratitude to the brave men and women of our Houston Fire Department. More than 80 units and over 200 members of HFD were dispatched to yesterday’s 5-alarm fire in Montrose; I know a few still remained there early this morning putting out hot spots in the rubble. While yesterday’s fire caused a large loss in property, fortunately, no major injuries were reported. I would also like to acknowledge Senior Captain Brad Hawthorne who was able to rescue a construction worker with the help of his ladder unit. Thank you all for your hard work and your bravery. Continue Reading »