San Francisco

San Francisco is paradise for foodies.  The pan-fried seafood, Dungess Crab salad and dessert at Fog Harbor Restaurant at Pier 39.

The hills of San Francisco are alive with so much to see and do.  At North Point, visitors  can hop aboard cable cars to travel the city’s steep hills. They are the city’s  moving historic landmarks. According to San Francisco websites,  immigrant engineer Andrew Hallidie invented and introduced the cable cars to San Francisco in 1873.

During a whirlwind visit, the Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill near Little Italy was our first stop.  Inside there are Fresco paintings of the Italian and Spanish immigrant workers and farmers.  Then a 45-minute wait to ride the elevator 21 floors up to the top of the tower.  Here you can go full circle with your camera for views of San Francisco.

If you’re on a budget, the best way to see San Francisco is by city bus.  For a bus fare of $2.50 and asking the bus driver for a transfer ticket, visitors can ride the MUNI bus system anywhere all day long.  We took the bus to North Point and Fisherman’s Wharf.  The National Park Service has self-guided tours of historic ships at the Hyde Street Pier at North Point.

You’re also close enough to Alcatraz Island.  Ferries go to the island where Alcatraz  prison once housed notorious gangster Al Capone.  The federal  prison is closed and a museum now.

At Fisherman’s Wharf, there also are gift shops and restaurants.  Ride the city bus trolleys from Fisherman’s Wharf to Pier 39 for more restaurants and shopping.

Next stop….San Francisco’s Chinatown for Dim Sum, food and shopping.  The gateway to Chinatown is on Grant Avenue where you also might see a festive parade or celebration pop-up anytime.

The lotus leaf- wrapped chicken-pork rice with tea and sweet condensed milk at Café New Honolulu on Stockton Street.  A tofu clay pot and beef-vegetable dish at Hong Kong Clay Pot Restaurant on Grant Avenue in Chinatown for casual family dining.

Whatever you visit– Japan Town, Little Saigon, Russian Hill or the Financial District, diversity,  culture, history, hospitality, good food and good, friendly people surround you in this city by the bay.

—Carol Lim

 

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Flash Floods in Houston

Overnight downpours caught Houston area residents by surprise.  Some woke up to roads and neighborhoods underwater and bayous filling up.  Streets and feeder roads along I-45 north became lakes from north of downtown Houston to Katy to parts of western Harris County.  Above, a look at the flooding at Highway 59 South and West Belfort this morning.

Video runs:  1:17

0:23  Baresh Lohrasbi, stranded motorist

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Getting Students Ready

Back to School deals at Office Max:  If you spend $5 or more, 100 sheets of filler paper are a penny (limit 3 packages) and wide-rule spiral notebooks are 50 cents each. A package of 400 sheets of filler paper is $3.

Volunteers at the Faith Center in Houston’s Chinatown gathered this morning to stuff backpacks with donated school supplies.  Faith Center at 5860 Ranchester Drive in Chinatown and 8009  Long Point in the Spring Branch area of Houston are collecting donations of school supplies, clothing and food.  Both locations are a ministry of Houston’s FIrst Baptist Church.  To volunteer or make a donation of school supplies, backpacks, food or clothing, call the Faith Center Long Point Road at 713-554-8801 or the Faith Center Ranchester Drive at 713-335-6452.

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Hermann Park

Just after cooling rain showers today, Houston’s Hermann Park was the place to be. Visitors enjoyed a peaceful break from the traffic and busy pace of Houston living. The park is located next to the Texas Medical Center and Houston’s Museum District. Above, the Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones Reflection Pool which is 740 feet long and 80 feet wide.  Wednesday morning families and visitors also took the train ride around the park to see the sights, including the Miller Outdoor Theater.

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Jugging Robberies in Houston

 

Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department’s Robbery Division need your help to catch the suspects responsible for robberies that happened the afternoons of July 11 and July 12, 2017 in Houston and Bellaire, Texas.

Houston Police say that a black Honda Accord pulled up behind a woman’s car in the parking lot at 7001 Long in Houston. The woman got out the driver’s side door and was helping her child with the seat belt.  The incident happened on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 1:30 PM.  A man got out of the rear passenger door of the black Honda and then opened the driver’s side door of the woman’s car and took her purse. The suspect fled the scene in the black Honda Accord.

Around 30 minutes later on July 11, 2017 at 2:07 PM,  a woman was robbed after parking her car at 10632 Kingspoint, in Houston and after getting a money order from a PLS cash checking business off of Monroe and I45.  The woman ran into a nail salon for a few minutes and went back to her car.  As she was getting into her vehicle, a black Honda Accord pulled up behind her. A male got out of Honda Accord, broke the window or the woman’s car and took her purse from her. The woman suffered minor injuries as she tried to get control of her purse.  The robber overpowered her and fled the scene in the black Honda Accord with the woman’s purse. (HPD case #875112-17)

Houston Police describe the  jugging suspect as a black male, 20 to 25 years old, 5’05 to 5’06, 130 to 150 pounds, small build, green hoodie.

Police want you to know how jugging robberies work. A white SUV and black Honda Accord came into the parking lot at the same time, waited and watched the victims as they return back to their cars.

Police believe these suspects also are responsible for three more robberies:

7/112017 at 12:15 pm: HPD Incident #874744-17 1300 Gessner
7/11/2017 at 3:27 pm: HPD incident #875457-17 6000 Scott
7/12/2017 at 12:47pm: HPD incident #879170-17 9700 Bellaire

Please share this information and YouTube video with others. If you have any information about these suspects or could lead to their arrests or the suspects’ black Honda Accord and white SUV, contact Houston Crimestoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or the Houston Police Robbery Division at 713-308-9700

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Things to Do Calendar

During the summer break, visit a National Park.  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Haleekaii, Virgin Islands National Park and Lassen Volcanic National Park in California were established in August.

Lower gas prices are helping Americans get out and travel this summer.  Here is AAA’s list of the top summer destinations.

  1. Orlando, Florida
  2. Vancouver, Canada
  3. Cancun, Mexico
  4. Seattle, Washington
  5. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  6. Honolulu, Hawaii
  7. Anaheim, California
  8. Anchorage, Alaska
  9. Las Vegas, Nevada
  10. Montego Bay, Jamaica

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

For weather forecasts, visit http://www.weather.gov

Back to School Dates:

August 11-13, 2017 – Texas Tax Free Weekend. No sales tax on most school supplies, clothing, footwear and other items priced under $100 each. The sales tax exemption applies to purchases for students in elementary and secondary schools.

https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-490/

August 16, 2017 – First Day of Class, Katy Independent School District

August 21, 2017 – First Day of Class at University of Houston, Rice University

August 28, 2017 – First Day of Class for Harris County Independent School District, Texas Tech University and Texas A & M University

August 30, 2017 – First day of class at University of Texas

Family-friendly, cheap places to visit in Houston, Texas

The Sam Houston Monument and the Mary Gibbs & Jesse H. Jones Reflection Pool at Hermann Park are two popular spots to visit in Houston. Parking also is free for park visitors.

Hermann Park — The park has a zoo, McGovern Centennial Gardens, Railroad Train rides, a Japanese Garden, Pedal Boat rides, areas to enjoy a family picnic and the Miller Outdoor Theater.  Park hours are 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.  Other venues in the park open at 9 a.m. or 10 a.m.  For points of interest,   http://www.hermannpark.org/points-of-interest/ or visit http://www.hermannpark.org.   Hermann Park is located near the Texas Medical Center and Houston’s Museum District near Rice University.

Houston Museum of Natural Science at Hermann Park– There’s also a Planetarium, Butterfly Center and permanent exhibits here.  Admission is $25 (adults); $15 for children 3-11 years old and college students with valid ID.  Visit http://www.hmns.org/visit/hours-and-pricing/

The Galleria —  Houston’s premier indoor shopping destination has high-end, designer stores, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillards,  Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, H & M and other stores to fit your shopping budget. It’s also known for its indoor ice-skating rink with a large food court and restaurants.  Great place to walk, window-shop with the family, too.  Open daily at 10 a.m.

Designer Outlet Shopping Malls –Katy Mills in Katy, Texas. Take 610 west to Katy and follow exit signs to the mall.  On your way to the Galveston beaches, there’s also Tanger Outlets at 5885 Gulf Freeway or 45 South.  Follow highway exits to both outlet shopping malls. Open daily at 10 a.m.

Battleship Texas in La Porte, Texas – Take a self-guided tour of the historic battleship that served in World War 1 and WW 2.  The battleship historic site is located at 3523 Independence Parkway.  Open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  For more information, call 281-479-2431

Space Center Houston – This is the official Visitors Center of the Johnson Space Center in Clear Lake, Texas.  Everything NASA and Houston’s role in America’s space program is here.  Tickets are $29.95 (adults) and $24.95 (children 4-11 years old).  You can save $5 per ticket with a coupon at MacDonald’s, Randall’s grocery stores, Walmart  or with an AAA membership or military I.D.

 

 

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Tropical Storm Emily

Tropical Storm Emily has been downgraded to a tropical depression forecast to leave Florida’s Atlantic coast on  Tuesday morning.

http://www.goes.noaa.gov/HURRLOOPS/gulfir.html

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says that as of 6:03 a.m.,  T.D. Emily was inland about 43 miles north-northeast of Vero beach, Florida and moving east-northeast at 10 mph.  The storm has been rain-maker for central and especially south Florida.

Posted Monday, July 31, 2017

The National Hurricane Center forecasts heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Emily over central and southern Florida between now and Tuesday.   At 11 a.m. Eastern Time, T.S. Emily’s maximum sustained winds were 45 mph. The storm was located at 27.6 North, longitude 82.8 West and moving east around 9 miles per hour, according to the NHC’s 11 a.m. public advisory.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect from the Anclote River to Bonita Beach, Florida.

The NHC expects the storm to turn to the northeast and pick up speed tonight and Tuesday.  Emily’s forecast track is to move inland over west-central Florida this afternoon, across central Florida through tonight and move offshore into the Atlantic on Tuesday.

Click on link below to see live web camera views of beach conditions as Tropical Storm Emily approaches the mouth of Tampa Bay.

http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/webcams

 

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