Weather and Travel

“The threat for severe weather and flash flooding continues across several spots across the country. An enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms is likely across parts of Oklahoma and Texas, with very large hail and damaging winds being the main concern. Excessive rainfall with flash flooding remains possible from the southern Appalachians into the Mid-Atlantic region and over the central Plains.” –National Weather Service

https://www.galveston.com/seawallcam/

National Weather Service Houston-Galveston Forecast:

https://www.weather.gov/hgx/

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, 93 degrees daytime.  Partly cloudy, 79 degrees at night.

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny,  94 degrees daytime.  Mostly cloudy, 80 degrees in the evening.

Thursday:  Partly sunny, 94 degrees daytime.  Partly cloudy, 80 degrees at night.

Traveling?  Check your flight status to your destination.  Wishing you safe travel.

http://www.flightaware.com

 

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Community Events and Things to Do

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For cheapest gas prices, visit http://www.gasbuddy.com

For Metro Houston’s Park and Ride fares:

https://www.ridemetro.org/Pages/ParkRide.aspx

For things to do and free activities in Houston, http://www.visithoustontexas.com.

Local churches and places of worship also have summer activities including Vacation Bible School,  summer camps, mission trips and other events for the family.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Houston’s First Baptist Church Loop Campus is from June 24 -27 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Registration is free for children in kindergarten to 6th Grade. Register at http://www.houstonsfirst.org

Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Chinese Baptist Church in Houston, Texas is from July 8 – July 12 (Monday – Friday) from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm.

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June 16   -Happy  Father’s Day!

June 21 —-Summer Solstice.  Summer officially starts.

June 28  —  An hour- long documentary on the late San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will be shown at the OCA National convention in Houston, Texas. The documentary produced by Rick Quan will be screened at 4 pm on Friday, June 28th at the Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briar Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77042.  Admission is free.

Wednesdays,  11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. through June 26th — Local Lunch Market at Hermann Square in front of Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby Street.  Sponsored by CenterPoint Energy.  Prepared ready-to-eat food for sale.  The Local Lunch Market also includes live entertainment on City Hall steps and food trucks on McKinney and Walker Streets

July 4 –Happy Birthday, America!  Independence Day

Register to Vote online or your County Supervisor of Elections Office for the 2020 presidential, federal, state and local elections. You must be a U.S. citizen and 18 years or older.

Open Now — Hurricane Harvey Recovery Centers in Houston, Texas area. The City of Houston wants to make sure eligible property owners still needing repairs from Harvey can still get federal aid. Here are the locations if you need federal aid to repair Hurricane Harvey damage to your home.

  • Online at https://recovery.houstontx.gov
  • By phone at 832-393-0550 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm)
  • Or in person at any of the new centers (Northeast, 9551 N. Wayside, Houston 77028; Northwest, 13101 Northwest Freeway [Hwy. 290], Suite 101, Houston 77040; Southwest, 6464 Savoy Drive, Suite 110, Houston 77036; Southeast, 11550 Fuqua St., 3rd floor, Houston 77036).

If you are homebound, don’t have transportation,  don’t have access to a computer or phone, the City of Houston says there are mobile outreach teams available.

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Places to visit in Houston, Texas –Space Center Houston is a must see for visitors and locals. While Houston is known for being an oil and gas energy city, space exploration and NASA reaching for the moon and the stars put Houston on the worldwide map.  Admission includes tram tours of Johnson Space Center. Visitor tip: Take the tram tours first.  Spring Break 2019 wait times vary from 65 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes to board the trams to see Johnson Space Center. 

There also are the Texas Medical Center, the Museum District, the Galleria Shopping Mall, the Hines Water Wall Park near the Galleria, Downtown Houston, the Aquarium, Hermann and Memorial Parks, the Battleship Texas and San Jacinto Monument in La Porte, Texas for visitors to H-town. Galveston beaches and Galveston attractions (Moody Gardens, the Strand and Cruise-Port area) are a 45-minute drive from metro Houston on I-45 South.  There also are historic sports tours of Houston’s stadiums and arenas.

 

 

Places to Eat and Shop:

Houston has many restaurants for diverse, multi-cultural,  ethnic and American tastes. On the go? Bucee’s is Texas’s favorite place to fuel up your vehicle and yourself. Buc-ees has food, gifts and gas at its Pearland, Katy, Houston area and Texas locations.

Shopping:  The Galleria in Houston offers high-end retail stores, Macys, Nordstroms, restaurants, food court and a cool ice skating rink. Memorial City in west Houston also a popular shopping and restaurant destination for families and visitors.  Closer to the Texas Medical Center are Rice University Village and Highland Village for shopping and places to eat. Outside Houston city limits, take I-10 West for Designer Outlets at Katy Mills in Katy, Texas. Take Highway 290 in northwest Houston to the Houston Premium Outlets in Cypress, Texas.

For Texas Barbeque, foodies head to Killen’s in Pearland and Rudy’s in the outer suburbs of metro Houston. Killens also offers table service at 5 p.m., but reservations are recommended. For lunch at Killens, expect lines out the door from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Blood Brothers in the Bellaire Triangle on Bellaire Boulevard also is drawing bbq foodies. It is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. and closes when they run out of barbeque. (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

Roegel’s on S. Voss, Spring Creek BBQ in Pearland and Katy, Desmeris Barbeque on South Shepherd, Brisket BBQ in Bellaire and Pappas Barbeque are popular family-friendly barbeque places in Houston.

Lockhart, Texas is a 2-3 hour drive from Houston and 35 miles southeast of Austin, Texas.  Lockhart is officially the Barbeque Capitol of Texas, according to the Texas Legislature.

Cafeterias are rare, but Houston has Cleburne’s Cafeteria in West University and Luby’s Cafeterias for cafeteria foodies.

For Mexican food, the original Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant on Navigation Street  east of downtown Houston is a popular destination. A new Ninfa’s opened at San Felipe and Post Oak in the Galleria area. Locals and visitors also head to Lopez Mexican restaurant at 11606 S. Wilcrest in SW Houston for Tex-Mex food. There are numerous Mexican restaurants and taquerias throughout Houston.

The combination beef and chicken fajitas at Carmen’s Mexican Restaurant in the Bellaire Triangle on Bellaire Boulevard.

 

 

For Cuban food, La Vina Café at 9381 Richmond Avenue in southwest Houston. 

For Greek and Mediterranean food, Nikos Restaurant and Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill offer salads, humus, vegetarian and grilled entrees from gyros to lamb shanks. There also are numerous Indian restaurants in southwest Houston.

For Asian food, Houston’s Chinatown, Vietnamese Town, Asian Town and in Katy, Texas have Asian food and shops. Many are on Bellaire Boulevard in southwest Houston.  There’s Fung’s Kitchen, Ocean Palace, Confucius, East Wall, Fu-Fu’s Café, Golden Dim Sum, Tan-Tan on Westheimer, Seoul (Korean) in Spring Branch.

There’s also Kim Bo Chinese Restaurant in Sugarland, Texas which has an “A” in city health department restaurant inspections. 

 

Hu’s Cooking, 2502 W. Holcombe Blvd near Kirby draws Rice University and Houston Medical Center customers with its Sichuan (spicy, southwest China) and Cantonese dishes (mild, southeast China) dishes.  It is closed on Tuesdays and opens at 11:30 a.m. -3 p.m. for lunch, 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. for dinner.

For Japanese food, Samurai Restaurant in Bellaire, Benihana’s in downtown Houston and on Westheimer are some of the larger Japanese restaurants in Houston. There also are numerous sushi and Japanese restaurants in the suburbs.

Large Asian grocery stores like Ranch 99, Viet Hoa, Hong Kong Market, Welcome, Super H Market also offer box lunches and some have food courts. For Boba Tea, visit Star Snow Ice, Tapioca House in the Welcome shopping Center on Bellaire Boulevard and Tea House locations in Chinatown.  Tapioca House also serves combo bento box meals with Boba Tea for $7-$8.  Tapioca House has locations in Austin and Dallas.  For Thai food, Thai Gourmet Restaurant at 6324 Richmond Avenue west of the Galleria area.

For Turkey legs and Creole side dishes, the Turkey Leg Hut, 4830 Almeda Road, is famous for its stuffed turkey legs and soul food.  Turkey leg prices are $10-$28. The popular Turkey Leg Hut is located southeast of Hermann Park and the Museum District.

For New Orleans food, there are Brennan’s at 3300 Smith Street (reservations recommended), Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen (3 locations) and other Cajun/Creole restaurants. Tres Beards Market Square in downtown Houston serves southern comfort food.

For delicious seafood platters, dine at the Monument Inn Restaurant when visiting the Battleship Texas and San Jacinto Monument in La Porte.  It’s right on the Houston Ship Channel.  There also are good seafood restaurants along the Seawall in Galveston with Gulf of Mexico views.

Visit national, state, local parks, beaches and indoor attractions. Visit http://www.nps.gov or http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks

Yosemite National Park                   Galveston, Texas

Mondays through Saturdays – Harris County Community Centers in the Houston area offer free classes with volunteer teachers.  Learn Spanish, English, French, Mandarin Chinese, yoga, exercise, self defense, knitting, CPR and other things that interest you. Students may be required to pay for materials in the free classes.  For monthly class schedules at Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, call 713- 956-0881 or at the county community center near you, visit http://www.pct3.com

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Mumps Outbreak at Harris County Jail

Photo: KHOU-TV

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and Houston Health Department’s Dr. David Persse confirmed 7 cases of mumps at the Harris County Jail on Thursday, June 13th.  Some 300 inmates also have been quarantined   The confirmed mumps cases consist of 6 inmates and one staff member.

Sheriff Gonzalez said his department has been working with the City of Houston Health Deparment and Harris County Health Department during the mumps outbreak.

“We’re going to navigate through this and make sure we take every precaution and have short term and long term plans in place,” Sheriff Gonzalez said on KHOU.com

Sheriff Gonzalez also said he has been in contact with the New Jersey County Jail.  It is locked down during a mumps outbreak, NBC News reported.

The first mumps case happened in mid-May at the Harris County Jail and the last six cases within the past week, Dr. Persse said.

The mumps virus is spread by sneezing, coughing the droplets, sharing food, drink or utensils with a person’s saliva and being within 3 feet, being really close to a person infected with mumps, Dr. Persse said.

“Not everyone infected with mumps will get it. The mumps illness lasts 10 days to 2 weeks and people generally recover,” Dr. Persse said.

The mumps symptoms are headache, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, body aches, swelling of the glands beneath your ears and the back part of your jaws, Dr. Persse said.

Mumps can cause damage to human reproductive organs, result in sterility and damage the brain and meninges, the tissues around the brain.

Mumps are preventable by getting vaccinated, Dr. Persse said.

Dr. Persse said the Harris County Jail has taken steps to prevent the mumps from spreading outside the jail.  The inmates and staff member with mumps have been isolated and treated.  The jail also has quarantined people in close contact, roommates who don’t have the mumps symptoms yet for the entire incubation period of 16-25 days.

 

 

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Hurricane Harvey Recovery Bills Signed

 

 

 

 

 

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner thanks Texas Governor Greg Abbott for supporting disaster relief legislation and preparedness at a  Gallery Furniture Store in Houston today. The governor signed 4 bills today. During Hurricane Harvey, Jim  McIngvale opened his Gallery Furniture stores to shelter residents flooded out of their homes.

Photo: Mayor Turner’s Office, City of Houston

Below is Mayor Turner’s statement on the bills approved to help Houston recover from Hurricane Harvey:

“Today is another important step in Houston’s long term recovery. Houston experienced one of the worst rain events in North American history. We knew if we were going to recover, we needed to have more resources, in this case the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

I sincerely thank our local delegation, who from the beginning insisted on pushing for the Local Match. Senator Creighton was key to this effort and I thank him for Senate Bill 7. My team worked with Rep. Huberty, Murphy, and Walle to provide a key amendment that made this bill work better for everyone in the City of Houston.

This is the first time the State of Texas has stepped up to provide the Local Match for federal disaster matching funds. Getting a $9 to $1 return on Public Assistance and $3 to $1 for Hazard Mitigation Grants is a very good return on investment for the state.

For Houston, this means over $200 million in investment in our recovery programs, maximizing our federal draw down. Making sure that every community affected by Harvey takes advantage of the federal matching funds is good policy for the State of Texas, and I thank all members of the Legislature, the Lt. Governor, and the Governor for their support.”

—-Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

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On a different matter,  the Fourteenth Court of Appeals referred the City of Houston, the Houston Police Officers Union (HPOU) and the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Union (HPFFA) to mediate the Proposition B “pay parity” dispute.  A state district judge ruled the case as unconstitutional.

“The parties met three different times in mediation with no success. While the most realistic course to move forward is to proceed with state authorized collective bargaining, which the firefighters requested from the legislature in 2005, the City of Houston will comply with the order to mediate,”  Mayor Turner said in a statement.


 

 

 

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Harris County Phone Scams

Info graphic:  Harris County Sheriff Constable Precinct 4 Twitter

“We’ve received reports from residents saying they have received suspicious phone calls from the Constable’s office stating that the person must make a payment, or risk going to jail. This is a SCAM, we will NEVER call you seeking payment by phone.”  Constable Mark Herman on Twitter.

People are advised to not answer or hang up on the suspicious caller claiming to be from the Constable’s Office, demanding money and threatening people they will go to jail. If you receive a suspicious call, report them to the police or Sheriff’s Office.

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Extreme Weather Ready Expo 2019 in Houston

Many came out Saturday to find out more about hurricane preparedness in downtown Houston.  Panel discussions including local weather forecasters and National Hurricane Center also were open to the public at George  R. Brown Convention Center.

“I doesn’t matter how many hurricanes you have or planning for. The thing is it only takes one. So make sure that you have all of your safety plans, preparedness tips ready to go in case that happens. The big thing is to make sure you have the resources at hand to keep you safe.” said Katie Landry-Guyton, National Weather Service Meteorologist and Hydrologist.

“We live in a flood prone area and even if we don’t take a direct hit, we could get some heavy rainfall from nearby storms which can cause us to have some flooding in the area,” Landry-Guyton said.

This year’s Extreme Weather Ready Expo was presented by the National Weather Service, sponsored by CenterPoint Energy and supported by the Great Houston Local Emergency Planning Committee.

The program contributors were Fort Bend County, Galveston County, Harris County, Montgomery County, Walmart, the Houston Red Cross, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, Harris County Flood Control District, Houston C0mmission on Disabilities and METRO Houston.

Homeland Security, first responders, city and county officials and agencies, local news media, Ronald MacDonald Charities and vendors also participated in the family-friendly preparedness expo.

 

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D-Day 75th Anniversary

Above, YouTube archive Global News video of the D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. Today is the 75th anniversary of the Allied Forces invasion to liberate ally country France from German control.  The D-Day invasion began on Omaha Beach with thousands of troops arriving by land, air and sea.  The military operation was important in ending World War II.

On this 75th anniversary of the Normandy D-Day invasion, some 10 World War II veterans received the French Legion Medal of Honor today from Alexis Andres, the Consul General of France at the Battleship Texas in La Porte, Texas near Houston. After the medal ceremony, the honorees also received the traditional D-Day bottle of French wine at a reception inside the battleship.  Robert Sanchez, 98 years old, from Round Rock, Texas was one of  today’s recipients of France’s highest medal of honor for military and civil service established by Napoleon Bonaparte.  He’ll be 99 on Friday, June 7th.

The Battleship Texas is the last battleship that served in both World War I and World War II.  It is the second U.S. Navy battleship named in honor of the State of Texas.  The Battleship Texas is open daily at 10 a.m. to the public. Free admission for military veterans.

3523 Independence Parkway, La Porte, Texas  77571

Phone: 281-479-2435

Due to decreasing visitors, some Texas lawmakers want to move the historic battleship to Galveston, where there are more tourists.  Admission ticket and gift shop sales help volunteers restore the Battleship Texas.

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Summer Asian Salad

Here’s a cool, refreshing salad for the summer or anytime.  The salad dressing has been revised to be less oily.

Serves 4.

Vegetables:

4 cups shredded lettuce

3 cups shredded spinach

2 cups chopped tomatoes

Dressing:

3  tablespoons oil

2 tablespoons vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar or honey

5  drops sesame oil

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1/2  teaspoon mustard  (condiment)

Garnish: 

1/2 cup deep-fried Rice Sticks or chopped Shrimp Chips

1 thinly sliced green onion

2 cups shredded roasted turkey or chicken  (Deli slices are fine.)

Slice and mix all vegetables in a large bowl. Refrigerate until ready to add dressing and garnishes.

Deep fry 1/2 cup of dried rice sticks until rice threads puff up.  Remove and place on plate with paper towel to drain excess oil.

Make salad dressing.   Slice thinly one green onion stalk.

Divide mixed salad vegetables into 4 bowls.  Add shredded turkey or chicken, thinly sliced green onion to each serving.

Top each salad with puffed rice sticks.  Drizzle one tablespoon of salad dressing on each bowl.

Serve and enjoy.

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Maleah Davis Update

Updated June 4, 2019 —  Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner approved a request to light City Hall in pink on Sunday night, June 9th as a tribute to Maleah Davis.  Pink was the child’s favorite color.  No more charges have been filed in this case at this time.

Updated June 3, 2019, 11:15 a.m. CDT — The Harris County Medical Examiner Office has confirmed the remains found in Arkansas are those of 4-year-old Maleah Davis.  The cause of death is unknown at this time.

Updated June 1, 2019 —Houston investigators flew back with the remains overnight from Arkansas.  The remains will be examined at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science.

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May 31, 2019

The remains of a body were found in a bag near Hope, Arkansas on Friday. Houston Police investigators are in Arkansas to find out if the remains are those of 4-year-old Maleah Davis of southwest Houston.  The child was reported missing on May 4, 2019.

“Today, this morning we received information that the body of Maleah was possibly found in Hempstead County, Arkansas,”  Houston Police Assistant Chief Troy Finner said Friday.

“How do we know it’s her? I’m going to tell you right now. We cannot confirm. The only way we can confirm is through an autopsy with them.”  Finner said.

“We believe it is possibly her, but can we confirm it right now? No. The main thing is to pray for this family. There are a lot of different angles to this story and we’re not here to judge anybody. We are here to make sure this little angel receives some justice.” Finner said.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner echoed the same request to pray for the Maleah Davis family.

“Maleah is everybody’s child,” Mayor Turner said.

“Regardless of the circumstances, what you think and believe, someone is missing their child and this city is missing one of its own,” Mayor Turner said.

Derion Vence, Maleah’s stepfather and mother’s ex-fiance, was arrested on May 11, 2019 in Sugarland, Texas.  He is charged with tampering with evidence and remains in the Harris County Jail.

Photos: Houston Police

 

 

 

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Wobbly Wheel Scam Suspects Arrested in Houston

Houston Police have arrested two suspects in a two-month- long investigation into fraudulent activity called the “wobbly wheel” scam.  The suspects targeted drivers in  southwest Houston.

Sam Yonko                                            Nick Stanley

Photos:  Houston Police Department

Sam Yonko (w/m, 31),  known as “Angel””,  is charged with three counts of felony theft in the 209th State District Court.  Nick Stanley (w/m, 29),  known as “Michael”, is charged with two counts of theft in Harris County Criminal Court #11.

Police say Yonko and Stanley operated in the area of Westheimer Road from the 610 West Loop to State Highway 6, Richmond Avenue inside the 610 Loop, and South Main Street near Braeswood Boulevard.

The suspects followed a victim and honked or yelled that the front wheel of the victim’s vehicle was loose.  When the victim pulled off the road, the suspects told the victim the wheel could be fixed with a vehicle part they had with them.  The suspects also asked the victim to be paid for the part.

Police say after “repairing” the wheel, the friendly, helpful suspects would drive the victim, in vehicles such as a white Subaru, a silver Ford or tan Toyota Camry, to a bank for cash payment or payment in gift cards.

Police say if the victim had no money or told the suspects the price was too high, the suspects became aggressive and threatening.

During the investigation,  Yonko and Stanley were identified as the suspects in this scam. Both men were taken into custody without incident on Tuesday (May 28).

Investigators believe there are more victims.  If you or someone you know was approached by Sam ” Angel” Yonko or Nick “Michael” Stanley. you are urged to contact the HPD Major Offenders Division at 713-308-3100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

  

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