Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration

Photo courtesy: S. Gee

This group celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month today with a delicious lunch at P. King R Chinese Food restaurant in Bellaire, Texas.  As long-time Houston residents, they also shared family experiences of growing up and living in Houston, Texas.  Their families opened video stores, Chinese restaurants and neighborhood grocery stores more than 50 years ago in Houston’s low-income neighborhoods.  They also were often the only Asian American student in their class or public school in the 1950’s and 1960’s.


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Galveston Weather

The National Weather Service in Galveston has issued a small craft advisory in effect until 10 a.m. Wednesday for Galveston and coastal waters. Inexperienced boaters should stay on land. On Tuesday afternoon, winds were strong and gusty with rough seas for pier fishing, Galveston beach visitors and boating in the Gulf of Mexico. Beach visitors mostly stayed onshore near lifeguards and enjoyed the sunny, warm temperatures in the mid-80’s  and noticed the humidity in the brisk breezes.

Galveston visitors also headed to the Strand and the Port of Galveston where there are restaurants, gift shops, boat tours, cruise ships and offshore oil rigs undergoing maintenance.

For current Galveston weather, visit and type in “Galveston, Texas” or tune into local broadcast stations.


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Thank you for your home-cooked meals, home-made dim sum, walking with us to school,  encouragement to live good lives, to be good people, your love and taking us to church to know God’s love for us, too.  To all mothers, what a wonderful blessing you are. Happy Mothers Day!

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Things to Do Calendar

May 14th – Happy Mothers’ Day! Celebrate mothers and all they’d done for you. Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico also was established today in 1930.

May 20th – Armed Forces Day

May 26-27th – Houston Independent School District Spring Graduation Ceremonies. Click on link for dates, times and locations of your high school.

May 27th – Spring Branch School District High School Graduations. See link below for times and locations for Memorial High School, etc.

May 29th – Memorial Day



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Harris County May 6, 2017 Election and Dallas Area Mayors Races

Houston, Texas (Harris County) voters overwhelmingly approved Houston Independent School District Proposition 1 with 24, 181 For Votes (83.85%). There were 4,659 Against Votes (16.15%).  That’s a reversal of last November’s election results on the school district recapture fee.  Harris County voter turnout was 4.73%.

Voters voted for HISD to pay the mandated fee of $77.5 million to the Texas Education Agency. The Houston Independent School District is considered a property tax wealthy school district. The fee will help out poorer property tax  school districts in Texas.

A vote against meant the state can remove some of Houston’s more valuable commercial properties such as the Galleria area from HISD property tax rolls.

Click on link above for the results of the Harris County Joint Election on May 6, 2017 for mayoral , city council, HISD Trustee races in Humble, Pasadena and issues before voters with 100% of 590 precincts reporting. Asian Americans ran in mayoral races in Plano, Texas (Collin County) and Addison, Texas in Dallas County.  Former Addison Mayor Joe Chow won the Addison Mayor’s race with 52.68% of the vote while his opponent Blake Clemens got 47.32% of the vote.  Dallas County voter turnout was 7.81%. Click on link below on election results:

Lily Bao finished second in her bid for Plano, Texas Mayor with 42.35% of the vote. Incumbent Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere won a second term with 52.18% of the vote.  See election results by clicking on link below.

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Beautiful Day in Houston

After a stormy Wednesday night, today was beautiful with clear, sunny skies and cool breezes. On Thursday afternoon, the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park in Houston’s Galleria area provided a nice backdrop for photo shoots of families, tourists and a graduating student. The sunny, drier spring weather continues through this weekend with daytime temperatures in the low 80’s and evening temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s, according to the National Weather Service Houston forecast.

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Ordained Church Deacon Suspect

Suspect Photo Courtesy: Houston Police Department

Houston Texas Police investigators are asking the public for any information and looking for any victim who had contact with 55-year-old Barry Todd Durrell, an ordained church deacon at West Houston Seventh Day Adventist Church at 2390 West Sam Houston Parkway North.  Charges have been filed against the suspect. Police believe Durrell is responsible for at least 2 sexual assaults in Houston since May 2016.

The mother of a two-year-old boy found her son and Burrell inside the church closet where he allegedly assaulted the child in May last year. The victim’s mother also later found the child and the suspect in the closet by themselves.  Houston Police say a second 7-year-old boy came forward and told family members about ongoing sexual assaults in February 2017.  The 7-year-old boy told investigators he was sexually assaulted at 2900 West Same Houston Parkway South and 300 Memorial City Way.

Police say over several years, the suspect gained the trust of the church’s unsuspecting families.

If you can help with the investigation, contact HPD Special Victims Division at 713-830-3254 or Crimestoppers at 713-222-TIPS.


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