Houston Galveston Weather

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Harris and  counties south toward the Gulf Coast until 7 p.m. Central Time today. Stay hydrated with water. Stay indoors with air conditioning or seek shade.  Heat and humidity will make it feel like over 100 degrees outside.  Images courtesy: NWS, Harris County Office of Emergency Management, Twitter  

https://www.galveston.com/seawallvideocam/

 Courtesy: Galveston.com

National Weather Service Forecast for Houston-Galveston:

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, a 20% slight chance of thunderstorms. Daytime high temperatures 94-95 degrees.  On Sunday, a 30% chance of thunderstorms with a daytime high temperatures of 94 degrees.

Partly cloudy skies Thursday through Sunday night.  Evening temperatures at 78 degrees.

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

Click on link above for latest National Weather Service forecast on Houston-Galveston weather.  Watch local broadcast stations and follow social media for weather updates, too.

For a look at current NWS Houston-Galveston radar, click on link below:

https://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=HGX&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes.

During hot weather, stay hydrated with water. Seek shade or air-conditioned areas. Check the backseat for children and pets before leaving your vehicle. Don’t leave children and pets alone in a hot vehicle.  Check on elderly family and neighbors.

Image: NWS

It’s also hurricane season now through the end of November. Stock up on supplies. Put important documents, phone numbers in a waterproof plastic bag or container. Have an evacuation plan for your family and pets. 

Click on National Hurricane Center below for updates:

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

 

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Back-To-School

The Houston Fire Department and the Care Van program are providing FREE immunizations to UNINSURED and MEDICAID children.
They cannot service children with CHIP insurance.  All children must accompanied by their parents or legal guardian and bring current shot records.

The free immunizations are today, Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
4:00pm-6:30pm
HFD Val Jahnke Training Facility,
8030 Braniff, Houston, Texas 77061

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Over this past sales tax holiday weekend, some 25,000 students got a head start with free school supplies at the Eighth Annual Mayor’s Back 2 School Fest on Saturday, August 11th at George R. Brown Convention Center.

Photo Courtesy: Mayor’s Office

Mayor Sylvester Turner and University of Houston President Renu Khator welcomed  thousands of students and their families to the Eighth Annual Mayor’s Back 2 School Fest.

The annual festival provided Houston elementary school students from low-income families with free school supplies, immunizations, health screenings, haircut vouchers, underwear and other items. The festival also connected families to health and social services.

One in 4 Texas children live in poverty, the city says, and the Mayor’s festival’s goal was to help change their futures in school.

“Many Houston families simply can’t afford school supplies,” said Mayor Turner. “I want to thank our sponsors for stepping up to the plate to help. Due to their generosity, thousands of kids will have the tools they need to start the school year off right.”

“As Founding, Presenting Sponsor, the Mayor’s Back 2 School Fest demonstrates the power of community, education and business working together to improve outcomes in student achievement,” said Frazier Wilson, Vice President, Shell Oil Company Foundation and Manager, Workforce & Diversity Outreach.

This year’s festival also displayed the Texas Alliance for Minority Engineers, (TAME)Trailblazer with STEM activities managed by Shell technical experts and Shell’s award winning Number 22 NASCAR. The innovative racing simulators also excited the students who attended the Back to School festival.

“It is important that our young Houstonians go back to school healthy, prepared, and ready to learn.  We hope their visit will inspire them to focus, study hard, graduate, and then come back and become Cougars!  We are especially happy to note that Mayor Sylvester Turner is a UH alumnus, and we are proud to partner with him and the City of Houston on this important annual event” said UH President Khator.

Advance registration was required to attend the festival. If your family was unable to attend the Mayor’s Back to School Festival, call the 2-1-1 United Way Helpline for referrals to community agencies offering back-to-school supplies and assistance.

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Suspicious Houston Water Bill Payment Website

Photo: Houston Public Works

City of Houston Public Works  is warning people to avoid the Doxo.com website to pay their city water bills.  The city says it has not authorized Doxo.com as a third-party site for customers to pay their water bills.  The situation has caused confusion and uneasiness.

“Customers have stated they have made water bill payments through the website Doxo.com and those payments have not been received by the City of Houston. Customers also claim they have not been able to contact anyone from the website.” the Houston Public Works Customer Account Services news release says. 

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is aware of the situation.

If you paid your water bill through Doxo.com, the city says the payment may not post to your City of Houston water account. Deliquent customer accounts also will be charged  fees and could be cancelled.

If you paid or tried to pay a water bill through Doxo.com,  notify Customer Account Services by calling 713-371-1400.

The Houston Public Works department says the only official website for customers to pay their water bills is www.HoustonWater.org.
 

 

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Crazy Rich Asians

Courtesy: YouTube/Warner Bros.

The long-awaited “Crazy Rich Asians” opens today, August 15th in theaters across the country.  Above, the official movie trailer.

The 2-hour romantic, fun comedy has an all Asian cast and is directed by Jon M. Chu.  The PG-13 rated film. The book’s author, Kevin Kwan lived in Clearlake, Texas after his father, an engineer, moved the family from Singapore.

People who have seen it say “Crazy Rich Asians” is an entertaining “Must See” film for everyone. KTRK-TV reports the movie is sold out at some theaters or people have rented theaters for showings of “Crazy Rich Asians.”

“Crazy Rich Asians” is showing in select Houston area theaters.  If you are going to see it with family, friends or have a CRA watch party, “Google Search” daily on where and times  you can see this romantic comedy in local theaters.  And yes, it’s OK to wear Asian, dress up or dress casual for this film.

—Carol Lim

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Unsolved Fatal Shootings in Southwest Houston

Houston police are looking for the suspects who killed a woman at 4722 Oakside about 10:15 p.m. on Saturday (August 11).

Jade Walker, 25, was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.  Doctors pronounced her deceased on Sunday (August 12).  The fatal shooting happened in central southwest Houston.

HPD Major Assaults and Family Violence Division Detectives L. Kauffman and G. Black report  HPD patrol officers responded to the shooting call at the above address.  Ms. Walker was shot driving her vehicle with her window rolled down.  According to a witness inside Walker’s vehicle, the unknown suspects fired shots from a black, four-door vehicle. There is no description of the make and model of the suspects’ vehicle.

If you have any information in this case. please call the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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Photos Courtesy: Houston Police Department

Houston Police need your help to identify four suspects wanted for fatally shooting a man just outside the La Union restaurant at 9575 Wilcrest in southwest Houston early Saturday night, August 4th.  Johnny Paramo Torres, 25, was picking up a takeout order at the restaurant.  Torres was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say 3 Hispanic males in their late 20s to early 30s and one Hispanic female were involved.  HPD released this surveillance video of the suspects on their YouTube channel.

https://youtu.be/PgPrat1E7vM.    

HPD homicide officers J. Claker and J. Pickett report Torres got into an argument with the three unknown Hispanic male suspects inside the La Union Restaurant.  The argument turned physical and they  left the restaurant. Torres followed behind them. 

Police report one of the suspects pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots at Torres.  The three male suspects got into the back of a newer model silver Infiniti sedan that went north through the parking lot.

If you have any information or know the identities of the wanted suspects, you are urged  to call the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

 

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Bellaire Increases Mosquito Spraying

Bellaire is stepping up efforts to stop diseases spread by mosquitoes, including West Nile Virus. Raquel Porrace, executive assistant of the City of Bellaire says the city will spray for mosquitos twice a week and use larvicide tablets in the storm drains.The tablets kill the mosquito larvae before they mature.

“Mosquito spraying from trucks inside the 610 Loop will begin after 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  In areas outside the loop. mosquito spraying  will be done after 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays,” said a front desk person for Bellaire’s Parks and Recreation Department tonight.

For more information about Bellaire’s mosquito treatmen program, contact the Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department at 713-662-8280.

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Community Events

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.

Visit local churches for worship services, mission trips and fun things to do with the family.

Discovery Green in downtown Houston–Summer hours are 6 a.m. -12 a.m. Water fountains are open until 9 p.m., depending on the weather.  Parking is available in nearby garages or pre-paid parking on the street.

August 15 – First Day of School — Katy Independent School District, Fort Bend County ISD

August 17  (Friday) – Memorial services for former Houston First Baptist Church Pastor Emeritis John Bisagno. The service is at 1 p.m. at the 610 Loop campus of HFBC.

August 25 –Harris County Flood Control Bond Election.  Visit http://www.harrisvotes.org or http://www.harrisvotes.com

August 27 –First Day of School –Houston Independent School District

September 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month begins.

Places to visit and dine in Houston

On the right, 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.  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 area 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. Pappas BBQ, Roegel’s on S. Voss, Spring Creek BBQ in Pearland and Katy and Brisket BBQ in Bellaire also are family favorites.

Houston families also dine at Cleburne’s Cafeteria in West University and Luby’s Cafeterias.

For Mexican food, locals and visitors head to Lopez Mexican Restaurant on S. Wilcrest off Highway 59 in southwest Houston.  The original Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant on Navigation Street in east Houston also is a popular destination. There are many Mexican restaurants and taquerias throughout Houston. Fajita Pete’s café in West University also good for close-to-home takeout or dining.

For Mediterranean food, Nikos Restaurant and Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill offer salads, humus, vegetarian and grilled entrees from gyros to lamb shanks.

Houston’s Chinatown, Vietnamese Town, Asian Town —Head to southwest Houston and  Bellaire Boulevard for  Asian restaurants (Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, Japanese, Filipino, Thai, Malaysian) and shopping.  For Chinese and Vietnamese food, there’s Fung’s Kitchen, Ocean Palace, Confucious, Crown Seafood, East Wall, Fu-Fu’s Café, Golden Dim Sum, Sinh-Sinh, Tan-Tan, Kim Son, and more on Bellaire Boulevard or along the SW Hwy 59 service road toward Sam Houston Parkway.  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.

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

Space Center Houston

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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AAJA National Convention in Houston

The 2018 Asian American Journalists Association Convention’s Opening Reception was Wednesday night at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown Houston.  Above, the Texas AAJA Convention co-chairs/reporters Poodja Lodhia and Michelle Choi with reporter Natalie Hee.  Tex-Mex food and snacks were served to all who came to meet and greet those who came. This year’s convention theme is “Press On.”  With the news media under attack, a need for more diverse newsroom leadership and voices to present different sides of a story, AAJA leaders thanked everyone for choosing journalism as a career and being here.  Many paid their own way to attend the AAJA convention in Houston.

On Thursday, NBC University 2018 speakers shared their career tips and critiques on writing scripts and video reports in a day-long workshop with invited journalists of all career levels and backgrounds.

“It’s a calling. What we do. We’re in there because we care and it’s a public service,” said Vivian Kim, Supervising Producer, NBC Los Angeles Bureau.

“The best journalists are curious and human to the core,” Kim said at NBC University.

AAJA’s Silent Auction was Friday from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Bidding also was open to the public and online.  Visit aaja.org.

How they got the story on Charlie Rose, Boston’s largely white population and Houston’s jails. On the panel Washington Post reporter Amy Brittain, Boston Globe reporter Nicole Dunga and KHOU-TV anchor Shern-Min Chow.  AP reporter Sally Ho moderated the session on Friday afternoon.     

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AAJA convention volunteers included reporters,  anchors, news producers, those between jobs, recent college graduates, students, a film producer and a news blogger.  On Tuesday, volunteers and AAJA staff prepared 825 bags for the convention.

The AAJA convention also included 2 showings of “Crazy Rich Asians,” which opens nationwide in theaters on August 15th.  “I loved it!” said a Chicago Tribune employee. who is a Caucasian female. The 2-hour romantic comedy directed by Jon M. Chu has an all-Asian cast and reportedly cost $20 million to produce with a $30 million budget. The Houston Chronicle reports  Asian Americans dressing up “Singpore style” to see “Crazy Rich Asians.”  Kevin Kwan, the book’s author, lived in Clear Lake, Texas after his father moved the family from Singapore.

On Saturday night,  AAJA recognized its best at the Gala Scholarship and Awards Banquet. ESPN International producer Howard Chen and KTRK-TV Emmy-winning reporter Miya Shay were the gala emcees.

Angela Kang, a television writer and currently, a show runner on AMC’s The Walking Dead, Christy Ma and Nikhita Nookala, recent graduates of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida were the keynote speakers.

Ma and Nookala survived the February 14th mass shooting at their school and covered the tragedy for the school’s newspaper, The Eagle Eye.  The student reporters said they did not want to talk with the news media at first to mourn the deaths of their classmates. Ma also said they didn’t want to add to the notoriety of the school shooter. Ma said writing about what happened at their school was part of the healing. Ma and Nookla said they plan to become a nurse and medical doctor. The graduating high school seniors will be attending the University of Florida.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner also welcomed the journalists.

“We can take you into space. We can take you all around the globe on any given day and that’s because of the diversity of the city,”  Mayor Turner said.

He said during and after Hurricane Harvey, the city came together.

“If Houstonians saw you in need, Houstonians came to your aid. Houston rebounded like never before,” Mayor Turner said.

Mayor Turner thanked all the journalists for their Hurricane Harvey coverage in real time. The mayor asked the group to support Houston in its bid to be the site of the Democratic National Convention.

The AAJA National Convention heads to Atlanta in 2019.

 

 

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Bellaire Armed Suspect In Custody after SWAT Standoff

A peaceful end to a SWAT standoff  at a home in Bellaire today. Around 12:40 p.m., Houston Police said the suspect was taken into custody. Houston  Police Assistant Chief L J Satterwhite and Bellaire Police briefed reporters on the SWAT scene at 4813 Tamarisk.  No one was hurt.  View on Google Chrome or another browser.

(https://twitter.com/houstonpolice/status/1027972909594116097?s=03)

Photo Courtesy: ABC13, Twitter

Before 11 a.m. today, Bellaire Police and Houston Police tweeted SWAT was on the scene in the 4800 block of Tamarisk. Bellaire Police said an armed suspect was inside a vacant home. Immediate area residents were instructed to stay in their homes.

 

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California Wild Fires

Plumes of smoke from the Holy Jim fire  seen from Mission Viejo, California this afternoon.  Holy Jim is 17 miles east of Mission Viejo, a community between San Diego and Los Angeles.

Photo courtesy: David Lim

 

 

As of this morning, the Ranch Fire has burned 251,166 acres and is 46% contained.  The River Fire has consumed 48,920 acres and is 81% contained.  Both are Mendocino Complex fires.

The Carr Fire has scorched 173,522 acres and is 47% contained.

Firefighters from Galveston, Texas and other states are there or traveling to control and put out the California fires.

For updates, visit http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents

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