Early Voting Underway for March 6th Primary

Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet in southwest Houston is one of 46 Early Voting locations in Harris County.

With last week’s Florida school mass shooting and other issues on voters’ minds, early voting has begun for the March 6th Primary. Early voting runs through March 2nd for congressional, judicial, state and local offices. Voters are advised to do their homework on candidates seeking re-election, running for office, their positions on issues and who is funding, supporting their campaigns.

Candidate signs were plentiful at this polling site. Maria T. (Terri) Jackson running for Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals was at Bayland Community Center this morning to ask people to vote for her. Jackson is unopposed in the Democratic Primary.

In Fort Bend County, Jennifer Chiang, a Republican seeking Judge, County Court, Law 3, used social media today to remind voters to vote early. Chiang has a fundraiser tonight at Rudy’s BBQ in Richmond and at Yao’s Restaurant in Houston on Wednesday night.

English is the official language at the polling place. The ballots are in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese. If there’s a communication problem with supervising election workers, interpreters are available. Voters also can bring their own translator to the polls.

United States citizens and registered voters are eligible to cast ballots. Bring photo identification to the polling place.

In Texas, acceptable forms of photo ID are the following:
1. Texas Department of Public Safety issued driver license
2. Texas DPS issued Election Identification Certificate
3. Texas DPS issued personal identification card
4. Texas DPS issued license to carry a handgun
5. United States military identification with person’s photograph
6. United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
7. United States passport

For more information, a preview of the Democratic and Republican primary ballots, polling sites and hours, visit http://www.harrisvotes.com or http://www.fortbendvotes.com.

Click on “Early Voting” links.

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CBC Chinese New Year

Houston’s Chinese Baptist Church celebrated Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dog with a potluck of roast, steamed, baked chicken, noodles and vegetables,steamed rice, desserts, candy and hot tea. The church’s Cantonese choir sang a popular New Year’s folk song. Above, some of the church members and visitors who dressed up for Chinese New Year.

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Lunar New Year Celebration

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0:12 –Maggie Sun, Chinese Cultural Center Staff

Houston turned out to celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Chinese Community Center.  Despite the light rain showers this morning, a colorful and festive celebration to welcome the Year of the Dog went on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Saturday. Thousands came out to see the traditional Lion and Dragon dances, cultural performances, munch on Chinese and Asian food, try the arts and crafts and visit the many booths and displays in the outdoor festival. Children and parents also visited the game booths with prizes.

The CCC celebration also invited Houston’s VIP’s to attend.

 

The traditional Chinese, Vietnamese and some Asian fusion food were here at the Lunar New Year festival.  That’s My Dog booth served an American hot dog with mild or hot Srirachi sauce.

Below a slide show of the celebration this morning.  The weather improved with sunshine this afternoon for the Lunar New Year party.

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Community Events

Now through Flu Season –Free flu shots at all Target and CVS pharmacies.  The Target free flu shots include a $5 Target coupon at Target only. Check with your local health departments on where you can get free flu shots, too. Some university medical schools also offer free flu shots.

February is African American History Month in the United States of America. Celebrate the achievements and history of African Americans. Visit the Events section of http://www.houstonlibrary.org or visit websites of  local groups, churches hosting events in your area.

The African American Library at the Gregory School, 1300 Victor Street  will show “This is Our Home, It is Not for Sale,” a documentary film presented by Aurora Picture Show on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.   The film looks at the  history and changes in the Riverside neighborhood. The 1987 film’s director Jon Schwartz also will share this thoughts. Food and drinks will be provided during this event by Southern Comfort Catering, Dim Sum Bento (Chinese) and The Bep (Vietnamese) restaurants.

For more information, visit http://www.houstonlibrary.gov or call 832-393-1313.

Throughout February, check with local Asian churches, groups and family associations for Lunar and Chinese New Year celebrations. 2018 is the Year of the Dog. Happy New Year! Xinnian kuaile! (Mandarin) Chuc mung tet Nguyen Dan! (Vietnamese)

Saturday, February 24, 2018 — Rodeo Parade at 10 a.m. in downtown Houston. Visit http://www.rodeohouston.com/Visit-the-Rodeo/Pre-Rodeo-Events/Parade

Sunday, February 25, 2018 — Dragon Parade and Lunar New Year celebration in the Mills 50 District, 728 N. Thornton Avenue in Orlando, Florida  32805.  It’s 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. This is central Florida’s largest Lunar New Year celebration with a Dragon Parade. Click on link below for more information.

http://www.centralfloridadragonparade.org/

February 20 – March 2, 2018 –Early Voting for Congressional, state and local races of your political party. For more information, visit http://harrisvotes.com or the websites of the Election Office where you live.

February 27-March 18, 2018 — The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. For more on the rodeo entertainment and family-friendly events, visit http://www.rodeohouston.com.

Tuesday, March 6, 2017 – Primary Election Day.  Visit http://www.harrisvotes.com or websites of the Election Office where you live for polling places and what you need to bring to vote in Congressional, state and local races of your political party.

Now through end of 2018 —Houston Astros World Series Championship Trophy Tour. For where you can see the trophy, visit https://www.mlb.com/astros/fans/world-series-trophy-tour

Now through April 2018 –The Houston Symphony has  family concerts on March 3, 2018 and April 21, 2018.  (Grinch Christmas, Be Our Guest and Fiesta).  Each is 50 minutes at Jones Hall on Saturday mornings.  Subscriptions to all 4 concerts as low as $61 for the family. Visit houstonsymphony.org/family or call 713-224-7575

Mondays through Saturdays – Harris County Community Centers in the Houston area offer free classes with volunteer teachers.  Learn Spanish, English, Mandarin, French, 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 visit http://www.pct3.com

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Parkland Florida High School Shooting


Photos: Twitter

 

 

The Broward Sheriff’s Office says 17 people were killed yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The school shooting, one of the deadliest, happened on Valentine’s Day. Some 14 people were injured and a football coach was killed.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office said responding deputies were met with hundreds of students running out of the school.  As shots rang out, students and teachers ran for safety, some huddling and hiding in classrooms and closets.

Investigators learned the shooter hid himself by being among the those fleeing the school.

From school security video, investigators identified the shooter as Nikolas Cruz, a 19-years-old former student. Cruz was expelled from Stoneman Douglas High School last year. Cruz has been booked into the county jail and faces 17 counts of premeditated murder.  Cruz reportedly had a troubled past, talked openly about guns and made threats at school.

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said all victims have been identified and families will be notified.

“This community is hurting now,”  Sheriff Israel said.  “This is a day of mourning, of grieving.”

“The violence has to stop. We cannot lose another student to violence in school,” Florida Governor Rick Scott said in Parkland, Florida during a televised news conference this morning.

Governor Scott and Broward County School Superintendent Robert Runcie said a real conversation with lawmakers on sensible gun control and mental health are needed to make sure this doesn’t happen again and that all school students are safe.  Runcie also asked everyone to continue to pray for everyone affected by this tragedy.

“We’re praying for these families and that justice is done.  My job is to help these families and help pay for their funerals and hospital bills,” Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said.  Bondi announced a site for donations will be set up as it was to help victims of the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting in Orlando.

“This is a time to not save money on police, first responders.  We need more of them,” said Sheriff Israel.  He also asked for more  authority to detain those who post disturbing comments or photos of guns and themselves on social media and to take them to a medical facility to be examined.

Addressing the nation, President Donald Trump said “Your suffering is our burden also.  No teacher, no student should be in danger in school.  Today we mourn for all those who lost their lives.”

Coconut Creek Police arrested Cruz in a nearby neighborhood in Coral Springs. The Broward County Sheriff Office news release described Cruz “exhibited labored breathing.” He was taken to a local hospital as a precaution for medical clearance.

Seventeen victims were taken to Broward Health Coral Springs, Broward Health North, Broward Health Medical Center and Boca West Medical Center. Two shooting victims died on the way to the hospital.

Stoneman Douglas students were taken to a hotel near the high school to reunite with their parents.

Stoneman Douglas High School will remain closed for the rest of the week. All activities there also have been cancelled.  Grief counselors also are available at Broward County schools today.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office tweeted a blood donation drive will be held today for the Stoneman Douglas High School victims at noon – 7 p.m. at 2741 29th Avenue in Hollywood, Florida.

If you have information, photos or videos regarding this school mass shooting, you are encouraged to call the FBI tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI or visit https://www.fbi.gov/parklandshooting

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Federal Money for Hurricane Harvey Cities and Counties in Texas

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0:15 – Texas Governor Greg Abbott

1:35 — Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

Texas Governor Gregg Abbott announced more federal money for Texas to rebuild and reduce the risk of flooding for cities and counties hard-hit by Hurricane Harvey last year. A large group of prominent state and local officials attended the joint news conference with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner at City Hall Tuesday afternoon.

After months of waiting and asking for federal help to rebuild, Governor Abbott said tens of billions of dollars in federal aid is coming to Texas to rebuild the lives of Houstonians, people in Harris County, from Jefferson to Orange County to Corpus Christi after Hurricane Harvey.

Governor Abbott said some 5 billion dollars in community block grants will be arriving soon.

More than 1 billion dollars in federal aid is for hazard mitigation projects. Some 500 million dollars in federal aid is ready to be dispersed now for buyouts, elevations, drainage, reservoir and similar projects, Governor Abbott explained.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner thanked the governor for his efforts. Turner said he hoped there will be more money to come in addition to what already has been pledged.

Cities and counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey will need to apply for the federal money.

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Houston Mayor Urges City Council to Adopt Flood Law Changes

Hurricane Harvey flooding in Houston (left) and near Meyerland (right) on August 27-29,2017.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner wants City Council to quickly approve changes in flood laws for new home and building construction.  Below is the mayor’s statement on the proposed flood ordinance changes.

“I hope all Houstonians will express the will of the people on the need for the City to move ahead swiftly on the flood ordinance changes I have proposed. When adopted by City Council, the revised ordinances will make sure that new dwellings are built high enough to protect lives and property in the ‘post-Harvey era’ where the next epic rainfall may be right around the corner.

“We have had three ‘500-year floods’ in the last 3 years. To continue as if nothing has changed is unrealistic and to delay action is irresponsible.

“I’m glad a joint City Council committee hearing today gave people a chance to express their views. In the end, the Council should enact the ordinances. It would be a serious mistake to not make significant changes that mitigate the risk of flooding.”

“Council members have joined me in urging state and federal lawmakers to move urgently to provide the funding Houston needs to become more resilient and more flood resistant for when the waters rise again. We cannot make a convincing case without showing that we are moving urgently at the local level to find solutions for ourselves.

“The world is watching and now is the time for us to act.”

—Mayor Sylvester Turner

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