Temporary closure of the Sam Houston Ship Channel Bridge scheduled

PRESS RELEASE

5565ed48ba77a.imageThe Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) has scheduled a total closure of the Houston Ship Channel Bridge beginning Friday, June 5 at 9 p.m. through Monday, June 8 at 5 a.m.

During the temporary closure, work crews will install new roadside tolling equipment at the Ship Channel Bridge plaza.

Motorists should plan ahead, expect delays in the area and allow additional travel time for detours/alternate routes.

HCTRA Incident Management will be onsite to direct traffic and inform drivers of their options to detour to the IH-610 Loop Ship Channel Bridge and other available routes:

  • Southbound traffic on the tollway can exit at Woodforest Blvd.
  • Southbound traffic on the Sam Houston Tollway will have access to the direct connectors to IH-10 westbound to IH-610, and to IH-10 eastbound through Channelview.
  • Northbound Sam Houston Tollway traffic can access SH-225 westbound to IH-610 and eastbound to SH-146.

Drivers may also choose to use the Washburn Tunnel as an alternate route. However, drivers should be advised that due to the tollway closure, increased traffic may cause backups at the tunnel. Multi-axle vehicles, including 18 wheelers, are prohibited from using the Washburn tunnel.

The bridge will reopen before 5 a.m. Monday, June 8, if the work is completed ahead of schedule. However, all closure dates and times are subject to change.

For additional information on this and other closures, please visit www.HCTRA.org.

Please direct inquiries regarding the closure to HCTRA IMIMD at 281-584-7500.

This May has smashed the previous record for wettest month in Texas history

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This May has been a real soaker for Texas.

And now, with four days to spare, it’s officially the wettest month in the state’s history.

According to data compiled by the state’s climatologist, John Nielsen-Gammon, the state has received an average 7.54 inches of rain this May, besting the previous record of 6.66 inches in June of 2004.

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City of Houston confirms additional weather-related fatality

A parked car near State Highway 288 in Pearland. Numerous stalled or abandoned vehicles throughout the greater Houston area were still being cleared Wednesday.

A parked car near State Highway 288 in Pearland. Numerous stalled or abandoned vehicles throughout the greater Houston area were still being cleared Wednesday.

The City of Houston is confirming that an additional victim was found deceased today as recovery operations were underway near US-59 and the the West Loop.

At 6:42 a.m. crews from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) spotted a car at the entrance ramp on US-59 and W. Loop South (4900 Westpark). After additional water pumps were brought in, a body was discovered. The victim, identified as a 31-year-old Hispanic male was discovered near the vehicle. The cause of death is currently under investigation, but is presumed to be directly associated with the flooding in that area.

Total Fatalities

The following represents a list of fatalities currently confirmed by the City of Houston:

  • A white Female 64 years of age at 5775 Ranchester. This victim was found in an SUV.
  • A white Female of Unknown age was found at 4300 S MacGregor in the Brays Bayou.
  • A white male of unknown age was found at 1700 Studewood. This victim was discovered after his vehicle was inadvertently towed to a local vehicle storage facility, where his body was subsequently discovered.
  • Asian male, 50 years of age, was found at 1700 Holcombe.
  • A white male, 66 years of age was found at 1400 W. Loop South. This individual died of what is believed to be a heart attack after assisting a stranded motorist. The death is associated with, but not directly caused, by the flood event. Official cause of death is still pending autopsy by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
  • A Hispanic Male, 31 years of age was discovered near a submerged vehicle at US-59 and W Loop South in southwest Houston.

If you come upon high water, TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!

National Weather Service’s River Forecast Center Warning: Brazos River

The Brazos River in Rosharon

The Brazos River in Rosharon

The National Weather Service’s River Forecast Center has observed the latest level at of the Brazos River at Rosharon as 47.19 ft. at 12:30 PM today. The Flood Stage is 43.0 ft. They are forecasting the river will eventually crest this Friday morning at 50.0ft.

Between now and then, the river will continue to rise steadily. It has already reached the moderate flood stage. The flood plains around the river will soon begin filling. It is advised to get all property and livestock out of the flood plain.
For those with experience, this event will be similar to the February 1992 river floods. If you live near the Brazos River, stay alert for river changes and be prepared to leave.

Chief Odin

KPB Recycle Runway Fashion Program Aug. 9

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Keep Pearland Beautiful’s first Fashion Show Contest promotes resource conservation through art. Designers create wearable art made of items destined for the landfill or recycling.

There is a $5 entry fee per garment to confirm your commitment to enter. This fee is due at the orientation on June 3, 2015 at 5 pm at Stella Roberts Recycling Center, 5800 Magnolia, Pearland 77584. All ages are encouraged to participate! The garment does not have to be completed until the photo shoot on Aug 1, 2015.

The orientation on June 3, 2015 is mandatory, please register online or call Lenora 281-652-1659.

Dawson’s Fashion Club will host 2 workshops:
June 10 & July 29th from 5-6pm
Location: TBA

Registration is OPEN from May 1st-June 3rd

Visit our website for more information!
http://keeppearlandbeautiful.org/event/recycle-runway-fashion-show/

Community gathers to remember “Mr. Pearland”

5565de84cdaa7.imageThe standing room only funeral service for David W. Scott, also known as “Mr. Pearland,” was held Thursday (May 21) at First United Methodist Church, located at 2314 North Grand Blvd.

Scott passed away at age 95 on May 15. He was Pearland’s oldest born citizen.

He is survived by his daughters, Rachal Dahse and husband, Ron; Karan Wheelock and husband, Dann; grandchildren Lance Dahse and wife, Laurie, Allan Hebert and Julie, Aaron Hebert and wife Lisa; great grandchildren Cameron, Brittney, Darrien, Alyssa, Annalynne, Caelan and Charles.

Scott grew up on a farm in Pearland and attended Pearland ISD schools until he had to stop due to the lack of a high school. Pearland High School was founded in 1937, and Scott graduated in 1939.

The next year, Scott went to work at Ellington Field (now called Ellington Airport). He joined the 56th Cavalry Brigade that same year and worked patrolling the Texas border.

Scott joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and was stationed in North Africa with the 85th Corps of Engineers. He met and married Anna Kate Smith, who was a Second Lt. Nurse in the Army.

Scott shipped out to join the invasion of Southern France and Germany. He was released from active duty with the surrender of Japan in 1945.

The next year, Scott formed the Pearland Volunteer Fire Dept. with seven other men. In 1948, he was one of the charter members of the Pearland Lions Club. He also was the Charter Tiler of the C.F. Spencer Masonic Lodge and remained a member for 60 years.

After Scott retired in 1983, he and his wife toured the lower 48 states in their motor home and also flew to Hawaii, realizing their dream of visiting all 50 states.

Wal-Mart Food Bank Bags Continue to Arouse Suspicion

The Pearland resident who first noticed something amiss with the Food Bank donation bags at Wal-Mart on Main St. investigated further. This time, she PURCHASED 2 of the bags Wal-Mart had pre-assembled and stapled shut. There was no content information, just a total price.

Normally, these Pearland Food Bank purchases remain unopened and are left for Wal-Mart to distribute.

She said that every item, in BOTH bags, was either EXPIRED or NO LONGER A PRODUCT SOLD IN THE STORE.

Worried, she also stopped by Kroger.

Their donation bags, while left at the store, had an itemized receipt attached.

PLEASE BEWARE if you plan to donate. Donations are accepted directly to the Pearland food banks via the Pearland Neighborhood Center (http://www.pnctexas.com/) and Christian Helping Hands (http://www.christianhelpinghands.org/).

Silvercrest PTA Newsletter – June 2015

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As the school year draws to a close, we’d like to thank everyone at Silvercrest; teachers, staff, parents and students for a great year. We hope you all have a wonderful summer, see you in August! Go Stallions!

PTA Membership

Just a reminder, when you go to Silvercrest for teacher pick up the week before school starts, our PTA will be there ready and eager to welcome renewals from existing PTA members and brand new members too! Please consider joining us, the PTA does a lot of great work for the school and your support is vital. Thank you!

June Spirit Night

Spirit nights are so important in raising funds and a really easy way for you to contribute. Eat at the restaurant below on the date listed, and the restaurant will kindly donate funds back to our school. Come and join in our last spirit night of this school year, it’s terrific seeing Silvercrest friends and enjoying great food!

Chick-Fil-A – Tuesday, June 2nd

School Supplies

If you want to take the hard work out of getting your Silvercrest student’s supplies for the next school year, look no further! School supplies will be on sale for 2015-16 from April 27th until June 12th.  Go to www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks and enter SIL033 for the school ID.  Follow the steps to complete your order. The supplies will be delivered right to your child’s new classroom at the start of the new school year. Could it be easier?!

Stallion Stampede

A huge thank you to everyone who came and supported our annual Stallion Stampede Fun Run and Auction. Although the inclement weather meant the 5k and 10k races were unfortunately cancelled, spirits weren’t dampened by the rain and we are delighted to announce that we still raised over $20,000 from the race, breakfast, auction and our sponsors! This will go a long way to supporting school programs and making sure the PTA can continue its work, so thanks again!

We also want to take a moment to thank our terrific sponsors, we truly appreciate their support for this great event and their commitment to contributing to our wonderful school. You guys rock!

Diamond Level Sponsor

Think Reliability

Platinum Level Sponsor

McGrory Orthodontics

Gold Level Sponsor

Andrew Pikoff-Realtor

Killum Pest Control

Pearland Pediatric Dentistry

Primrose School of Pearland

Silvercreek Dental

Schmidt Family

Vital Allergy and Asthma-Dr. Brian Tilson

Orange Theory Fitness Pearland

Carrie Allen, Attorney

Dr. Wendy Struss Willett, Orthodontics for Children and Adults

PARC

Silver Level Sponsor

The Center for ENT

Jim Elacqua

Math Buddy Online, Mr. Salvady

Wild Pear Running

Complete Women’s Care Center

Kelli Dilling – Realtor

Road ID

Rowan Companies, Inc.

Personal Items Drive

The Silvercrest Elementary PTA Community Outreach Committee’s collection of personal items for Christian Helping Hands concluded May 8 and was a big success. We collected 1,121 items weighing 479 pounds! The fourth grade brought in the most items and they will be receiving a healthy snack to celebrate.

Way to go Silvercrest families! Thank you for your generosity in giving to our community.