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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been cleaning up a hazardous waste site o Jones Road for several years, but a recent report found nearby residents still using private water wells could be exposed to toxic chemicals.
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GROUNDWATER PLUME: Samples from the contaminated area continue to show concentrations that exceed cleanup goals. WATER LINE SERVICE AREA: Well users in this area can voluntarily abandon their private wells and connect to the public water supply. DRILLING RESTRICTION AREA: New wells installed in this area must be drilled to a greater depth with specic construction methods to prevent cross contamination.
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EPA urges residents near Jones Road Superfund site to abandon private water wells to reduce exposure risk
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water should connect to the public water supply to reduce risk of expo- sure to dangerous chemicals. Superfund sites are locations where hazardous waste has been improperly disposed of, resulting in
risks to human health and the envi- ronment. Located at 11600 Jones Road, Houston, the shopping center was placed on the National Priori- ties List in 2003, giving the federal
Two decades after a Cy-Fair shop- ping center was declared a Super- fund site, Environmental Protection Agency ocials said nearby resi- dents still relying on private well
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Groundwater overuse contributing to subsidence in Cy-Fair region
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Two released within the last eight months show parts of Cy-Fair have experienced land displace- ment, which can make ood- ing more severe. reports Land sinking has occurred throughout the Houston region over the last century, according to a Jan. 12 report from the U.S. Geological Sur- vey’s Oklahoma-Texas Water BY ASIA ARMOUR & EMILY LINCKE
Science Center, with most of the land movement occur- ring since 1987. This gradual, vertical decline is known as subsidence, or the sinking of the land due to movement beneath the Earth’s surface. In Cy-Fair, as much as 7 feet of subsidence has occurred near Beltway 8 in recent decades with rates decreasing heading northwest.
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CORRECTION: Vol. 14, Issue 7, Page 27 The North Harris County and Water Harris County regional water authorities are required to reduce groundwater usage to no more than 40% of their total water supply by 2025. FROM DANICA: Our two front-page stories this month tackle environmental issues in the Cy-Fair area. Learn more about the cleanup progress at the Jones Road Superfund site on Page 20, and flip to Page 22 to read about how subsidence has changed the community’s landscape in recent decades. Plus, hear from the two Jersey Village mayor candidates before the May 6 election on Page 15. Danica Lloyd, EDITOR
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6 Yummy Pho & Bo Ne opened Jan. 19 at 17375 Hwy. 249, Ste. 2H, Houston. The restaurant serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine, such as banh mi sandwiches, pho and vermicelli noodle bowls, and Viet- namese iced coffee. 281-890-5722. www.yummyphotomball.com 7 Mango y Chamoy opened in January at 12225 Huffmeister Road, Ste. D, Cypress. This Mexican snack restaurant offers 20 different artisanal ice cream flavors, eight flavors of raspados, sweet and savory crepes, and micheladas. Vegetarian options are also available. 346-562-0685. www.mangoychamoytogo.com 8 On Feb. 9, G by Guess opened at Willowbrook Mall. The clothing, shoe and accessory store is part of global brand Guess and sells looks for men, women and children. The mall is located at 2000 Willowbrook Mall, Houston. www.guessfactory.com 9 Firestone Complete Auto Care had its grand opening at 10927 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress, on Feb. 23. The store uses the latest technologies and equipment, in- cluding digital displays providing real-time service updates. 346-788-3157. www.firestonecompleteautocare.com 10 Belly Dance Alchemy launched March 6 with classes at Double Dragon Martial Arts Center, 12111 Louetta Road, Houston. Kelli Nottingham leads the weekly group classes Mondays at 7:30 p.m. 713-364-5626. www.bellydancealchemy.org 11 Texas Regional Bank held a soft opening March 20 at 10635 Louetta Road, Houston, in the Vintage Park area. Texas Regional Bank specializes in
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NOW OPEN 1 Everest Curry Bar and Grill opened at 10502 Huffmeister Road, Ste. A, Houston, in early 2023. The restaurant offers au- thentic Indian dishes using fresh ingredi- ents from curry to tandoori chicken salad. 832-688-9738. www.everestcurrybar.com 2 Reality Escape , a family-owned busi- ness located at 11709 Boudreaux Road, Ste. 930, Tomball, opened Feb. 11, owner Melissa Gabriel said via email. Players discover clues, solve puzzles and accom- plish tasks to escape themed rooms with-
4 D-BAT Cypress , a baseball and soft- ball facility located at 15026 Boudreaux Road, Tomball, opened March 20, owner Eric Kirkland said. The 18,000-square- foot facility includes a merchandise shop and 14 cages—automatic pitching ma- chines that throw baseballs and softballs, 58-foot-long cages and pitching tunnels. 346-551-3228. www.dbatcypress.com 5 Aesthetica MD Med Spa opened Jan. 2 at 8118 Fry Road, Ste. 1304, Cypress, with age-defying medical treatments, tra- ditional spa services and weight manage-
in a time limit. Reality Escape currently features two escape rooms—1850s Gold Rush and ’90s Take Back. 346-367-3057. www.realityescaperoom.com 3 Houston TX Hot Chicken held a grand opening March 18 at 10111 Louetta Road, Ste. 800, Houston. The eatery offers chicken sandwiches and tenders with spice levels ranging from “No Spice” to “Houston We Have a Problem.” Additional menu items include fries, salads, waffles, cookies and milkshakes. www.hhc.ooo
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COMING SOON 17 Utah-based company Dirty Dough Cookies is slated to open 12 franchise locations throughout Greater Houston, including one located at 12020 FM 1960, Houston, which will likely open later this year. The cookie stores will offer layered and filled 4-ounce cookies. The menu boasts four classic flavors and four flavors that change weekly. Gluten-free 18 Pichurro’s Mexican Grill is coming soon to 12215 Grant Road, Ste. E, Cypress. This family-owned restaurant will be serving traditional Tex-Mex food, includ- ing enchiladas, fajitas, chimichangas, bur- ritos, nachos and traditional margaritas. 19 Designer footwear brand Jimmy Choo is slated to open at Houston Pre- mium Outlets, 29300 Hempstead Road, Cypress, this summer. According to a news release, this will be the brand’s first Houston-area outlet store. Jimmy Choo sells luxury shoes, bags, apparel and accessories. www.jimmychoo.com 20 Fresca Palapa will be opening a new stand soon in Willowbrook Mall, 2000 Willowbrook Mall, Houston. The flavors will also be available. http://dirtydoughcookies.com business offers juices and fresh fruit bowls. As of press time, an opening date had not yet been announced. 281-890-8001. www.frescapalapa.net 21 EZ Werks Storage will open May 1 at 17903 Longenbaugh Drive, Cypress. President Greg Merecka said the facility spans 100,000 square feet and features 400 climate-controlled units along with 65 boat/RV units. 832-510-4449. www.ezwerks.com
personal and business banking products, mortgages, insurance, and trust and wealth management. 713-424-9929. www.texasregionalbank.com 12 Creations Salon opened at 12215 Grant Road, Ste. G, Cypress, on Feb. 25, offering haircuts, highlights, col- ors, facials, waxing and massage services, among others. 832-698-2284. www.creationsalonscypress.com 13 Prometrics Fitness Lab opened at 16726 Huffmeister Road, Ste. C200, Cypress, on March 6. Services include athletic training, boot camps, one-on-one training, metabolic testing and InBody scans for all fitness levels. 832-318-0045. www.prometricsfitness.com 14 Envision More Veterinary Ophthal- mology opened at 15820 Mueschke Road, Cypress, on Jan. 2. Ophthalmologist An- gela Griggs provides ophthalmic care for pets, including examinations, diagnostics and surgery. 281-407-2160. www.envisioneyevet.com 15 Burn Boot Camp opened at 12827 Telge Road, Ste. 180, Cypress, on Feb. 27. This location has certified trainers who provide modifications for all bodies and fitness levels. 832-684-7940. www.burnbootcamp.com 16 Johnson Fitness & Wellness offi - cials announced the opening of a new storefront via a news release March 10. Located at 17535 Hwy. 249, Houston, the business offers an assortment of premium fitness and wellness equipment. 281-955-5727. www.johnsonfitness.com
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22 Jean Percy School of Barbering is coming soon to 11123 McCracken Circle, Cypress. The barber school is having an open house April 15 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The event will include beard trims, hair- cuts, facials and food. The school teaches the fundamentals of becoming a licensed professional barber. 281-653-9408. http://jpschoolofbarbering.com B Evolution Gaming & Repair was expected to open in Ste. 3A on April 1 as of press time. The business oers a gaming lounge and provides repairs for laptops and game consoles as well as computer processing unit installations and other services. 281-401-9459. www.evogamingandrepair.com Several new businesses have recently opened or are set to open soon at Amelia’s on Longenbaugh, located at 18021 Longenbaugh Drive, Cypress. Businesses operating or ocing out of the shopping center include MI Meds Pharmacy, Appcare, Sound Studies, Cypress Curb Appeal, CGH In-work, Kathmandu Trading, Beggings by UK, Simi and Temi, Nicole Marett Original, Alpha Lit, and the following: NOW OPEN A Southern Fades opened in Ste. 1A on March 1 and specializes in men’s groom- ing needs with all-natural, plant-based products. Walk-ins are accepted. 832-657-4975. www.southernfades.com
C Signs and Graphics opened for business March 20 at Ste. 5A. Services include printing, window decals, window tinting, vehicle wrap and storefront signage. www.signs7graphics.com D Dapper Dogs Premier Grooming was set to open April 1 in Ste. 8A as of press time. This business provides customers with professional grooming services through appointments. Self-bathing sta- tions are also available. 346-218-1505. www.dapperdogspremiergrooming.com COMING SOON E Stewart Golf, a golf trolley compa- ny, is slated to open April 10 in Ste. 1B. www.stewartgolfusa.com
RELOCATIONS 23 The Yard Depot relocated from 21202 Hwy. 290, Cypress, to 15822 Mueschke Road, Cypress, in Febru- ary, offering a selection of stone, compost soil, mulch, sand, gravel and grass. 281-807-4567. www.theyarddepot.com
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APRIL 08 HUNT FOR EASTER EGGS A local real estate oce hosts a an egg hunt, photo opportunities with live chicks, face painting, vendors and food trucks. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free (admission). RE/MAX Property Group, 20228 Schiel Road, Cypress. 713-253-0104. www.facebook.com/remaxpropgroup 15 ATTEND A BARBECUE COOKOFF The VFW Post 8905 is hosting a barbecue cooko for more than 35 teams. The event also includes silent and live auctions, live music and an awards ceremony at 5 p.m. This event is open to the public, and proceeds will benet veterans. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free (admission). VFW Post 8905, 21902 Hwy. 290, Cypress. 281-469-6632. www.vfw8905.org 16 SEE A LIVE BUTTERFLY RELEASE The annual Buttery Family Festival features a barbecue lunch, silent auction and games. Proceeds will provide scholarships for Chrysalis preschool. Noon- 3 p.m. Free (admission). Messiah Lutheran Church, 11522 Telge Road, Cypress. 281-890-3013. www.messiahlc.org 18 REGISTER FOR TAX ASSISTANCE AARP volunteers provide tax assistance. Registration is required, and availability is limited. 1-5 p.m. Free.
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Northwest Branch Library, 11355 Regency Green Drive, Cypress. 832-927-5460. www.hcpl.net 26 ATTEND A SPRING CONCERT Cypress Falls High School will be holding its spring concert in the auditorium. 6-8 p.m. Free. Cypress Falls High School, 9811 Humeister Road, Houston. 281-856-1000. www.csd.net The 2023 Houston Comicon event features on-site autographs, workshops, vendors and music. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free (admission), $5 (parking). 7979 N. Eldridge Parkway, Houston. 281-890-5500. www.tradersvillage.com (Courtesy Traders Village)
28 SEE A FINE ARTS SHOWCASE Lone Star College-CyFair is holding an event to showcase visual and performing arts students. The ne arts showcase will highlight students’ work in drama, music, dance, art and creative writing. 1 p.m. Free. Lone Star College- CyFair Recital Hall (ART 102), 9191 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. 281-290-3200. http://events.lonestar.edu/site/cyfair (April 28) 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (April 29). $20 (April 28), Free (April 29). 12715 Telge Road, Cypress. 713-466-4673. www.cy-hope.org (Courtesy Cy-Hope) Shoppers can enjoy artisan vendors, a wine pull, a silent auction, live music, food and drinks. 6:30-9:30 p.m.
The 38th annual event features food, music, games, rides, auctions and bingo. 5-10 p.m. (April 29), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (April 30). Free (admission). 11507 Humeister Road, Houston. 281-469-5533. www.ctrcc.com/festival (Courtesy Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church) 29 THROUGH 30 SEE A YOUTH PLAY Playhouse 1960 is presenting a youth edition of “Once Upon a Mattress,” a play based on the classic tale “The Princess and the Pea.” 3 p.m. $12-$15. Playhouse 1960, 6814 Gant Road, Houston. 281-587-8243. www.playhouse1960.com
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TRANSPORTATION UPDATES Gov. Abbott, TxDOT propose $100B road construction plan
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Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of Transportation pro- posed on Feb. 23 a $100 billion plan to fund transportation projects across Program is TxDOT’s 10-year plan, which is updated annually. Texas’ highest-priority transportation projects are selected for the UTP in collaboration with elected officials, local planning organizations and the public, according to TxDOT. The program aims to maintain roadways as well as improve safety and congestion across Texas. It also includes investments in public transportation, maritime, aviation, rail, freight and international trade. According to a news release, the 2024 UTP will provide a record the state for the next 10 years. The Unified Transportation amount of funding for construction across Texas. The 2023 plan, which was approved in August, made $85 million available for projects. The proposed plan would result in more funding for “vital areas,” such
as safety, energy, border infrastruc- ture, and connectivity between rural and urban areas, the release said. Funding is available in 12 cate- gories, including metro and urban corridor funding, statewide connec- tivity, congestion mitigation and air quality improvements, bridges, and safety, among others. “Safety is a top priority for TxDOT, and these funding levels reflect that,” TxDOT Executive Director Marc Williams said in the release. Projects included in the UTP will help “drastically reduce” roadway deaths, Williams said. According to the release, over 7,000 TxDOT projects are active or expected to begin in 2023. “As the state of Texas continues to see exponential population and eco- nomic growth, this funding will help meet the needs of all Texans,” Texas Transportation Commission Chair J. Bruce Bugg Jr. said in the release. The five-member Texas Trans- portation Commission approves
The Texas Department of Transportation is preparing its next Unified Transportation Program for 2024. The UTP is TxDOT’s
ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF MARCH 16. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT CYFNEWS@COMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. Funding sources: Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 500, Harris County Precinct 3, Texas Department of Transportation Greenhouse Road extension Harris County plans to construct a six- lane underpass extending Greenhouse Road from Mound Road to Skinner Road across Hwy. 290. This project is in the design phase and is expected to also include hike and bike lanes. Prelimi- nary engineering work began in 2019, Community Impact previously reported. The project received funding through the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Transportation Improvement Program. Cost: $43 million Timeline: construction contract to be awarded in August 2024
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superintendent of elementary school leadership. This campus is located at 20220 Clay Road, Katy, just west of North Fry Road. Roy Sprague, the district’s chief operations ocer, has a 42-year career in architecture, construction and facilities management and spent the last 26 years in CFISD. He joined the district as the director of facilities planning and construction in 1997. In his rst several years with CFISD, he helped develop the district’s standards for design and construction. Sprague moved into his current role in 2013. He oversees facilities planning, construction, mainte- nance, custodial operations, energy management, transportation, nutritional services and procure- ment services. According to the district, he oversaw the
Dr. Carla Brosnahan Elementary School and Roy J. Sprague Jr. Middle School are the ocial names of Cy-Fair ISD’s 58th elementary campus and 20th middle school following board approval March 6. Both campuses are slated to open this August and are funded by the 2019 bond. Carla Brosnahan spent her entire 39-year educa- tion career in the district. She started in 1983 as a teacher at Lieder Elementary School, where she also served as an assistant principal. She helped open Sheridan Elementary School as an assistant principal in 1992 and was named principal in 1995. She served in this role until 2003, when she opened Birkes Elementary School and served another 12 years. From 2015 until her retirement in 2022, Brosnahan served as the district’s assistant
construction of more than 60% of CFISD’s current square footage. He has completed the purchase of 41 properties as well as the planning and construc- tion of 73 new facilities. Sprague is set to retire this June, district ocials said. This campus is located at 10611 Mason Road, Cypress, at the same site as Wells Elementary School and Bridgeland High School.
165 acres purchased for Harris County Fair and Rodeo, Tin Hall relocation
HARRIS COUNTY FAIR AND RODEO Located o Telge Road and the Grand Parkway, this 165-acre tract will soon be home to the county fair and rodeo. The fair currently takes place at the East Montgomery Fair Grounds at Sallas Park in New Caney.
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the land will likely take place in late 2024, with several historical build- ings set to be relocated to the parcel. “We will reconstruct the old Tin Hall which was built in the late 1800s in Cypress, [Texas], and has been closed since 2014,” Stockton said via news release. “I have salvaged many interior elements including the dance oor, the bars and the inside walls, along with the stairway to the second oor, and it will be amazing to bring this building back to life in this new location.” The Harris County Fair and Rodeo currently takes place in October at the East Montgomery Fair Grounds at Sallas Park in New Caney, according to the news release.
A 165-acre tract of land that will be used for the Harris County Fair and Rodeo has been purchased by the Stockton Foundation Inc., ocials announced in a March 10 news release. “We are thrilled to acquire this site to be utilized by our nonprot group that is focused on engaging youth, agricultural education and develop- ment, entertainment, and events in a family-friendly environment,” Fred Stockton, who is with the Stockton Foundation and serves as chairman of the Harris County Fair and Rodeo Association, said via news release. The rst fair and rodeo held on
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Senate unveils bills to reform the power grid after failures in 2021
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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and a group of Texas senators created a nine-bill plan to improve the state power grid. Some details on the top bills in the package include:
BY HANNAH NORTON
SB 6 would also establish a low- cost loan program to “maintain, restore and keep in operation current dispatchable generation here in Texas,” Schwertner said. Dispatchable power comes from sources such as natural gas and coal, and both Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott said supporting those sources is a top priority. Schwertner also highlighted SB 7, which would “level the playing field” between dispatchable and renewable power by providing incentives for companies to create new dispatch- able energy. SBs 6 and 7 were filed by Schwert- ner and Sen. Phil King, R-Weatherford, the chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee. Schwertner said senators were working closely with the Texas House to pass the reform package.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and a bipartisan group of Texas senators shared the details of a nine-bill plan to improve the reliability of Texas’ power grid. The March 9 announcement came about two years after Winter Storm Uri devastated Texas and revealed issues with the state’s power grid in 2021, which lawmakers and energy regulators are still working to fix. The first bill in the package, Senate Bill 6, would create the Texas Energy Insurance Program. Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, said the program would add 10,000 megawatts of energy—enough to power 7.5 million homes—to the state power supply. Schwertner said the program would provide backup power for the state, similar to the generators people buy for their homes. Texas needs its own backup generator that can be used in times of crisis, he said. CHIPPING AWAY If approved, the Texas Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors and Science Act would help expand the production of semiconductor chips statewide. The bills would create a consortium, which would consist of:
Senate Bill 6
• Add 10,000 megawatts of energy to the state power supply • Create backup power for the state in times of crisis or severe weather • Provide low-cost loans to help communities generate power from natural gas and coal The Texas Energy Insurance Program
NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.”
FORMER STATE SEN. JANE NELSON AFTER SHE WAS CONFIRMED AS TEXAS’ 115TH SECRETARY OF STATE
Senate Bill 2012
• Prevent power companies from charging high prices for energy • Create legislative committee to oversee grid reliability Protecting Texans from price gouging
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Senate Bill 2013
STATE REP. LACEY HULL Houston Republican Elected: 2020
SOURCE: TEXAS SENATE/COMMUNITY IMPACT • Increase security of Texas power grid • Protect grid from cyber and physical attacks Strengthening grid infrastructure
House Bill 1337 would remove barriers to mental health treatment for bipolar, major depressive, obsessive-compulsive and other serious psychological disorders by reforming a practice known as step therapy, Hull said. Currently, if a doctor wanted to prescribe a new treatment they believe would effectively treat a mental illness, the patient must prove several less expensive treatment options were unsuccessful before insurance would cover the more costly solution.
Lawmakers appointed to special Texas House committee on firearms
Plans underway to boost semiconductor creation
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Two Texas lawmakers have filed bills to create the Texas Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors Act, which is aimed at expanding the state’s development and research in the semiconductor industry. Similar to the federal CHIPS and Science Act, the Texas CHIPS Act would provide funding and support for semiconductor research, manufacturing and workforce development. Gov. Greg Abbott announced his support for the proposals at a March 15 news conference with Senate Finance Committee Chair Joan Huffman and House Appropriations Committee Chair Greg Bonnen, who authored Senate Bill 2288 and House Bill 5174, respectively. The bills are identical. In recent years, major semicon- ductor companies have moved or expanded to Texas, including
A new Texas House committee will handle all proposed legislation related to guns and firearm safety during the legislative session. The House Select Committee on Community Safety includes 13 representatives from across Texas. Two members previously served on the Robb Elementary Shooting Investigative Committee, which was created in June at the request of Gov. Greg Abbott. Some members appointed to the committee represent communities that have been impacted by mass shootings in recent years, according to a March news release. Bills related to the possession, use, sale and transfer of firearms and ammunition will be referred to the select committee alongside bills about gun-related criminal offenses. The committee held its first meeting March 21.
Academic officials from 18 Texas universities, community colleges and technical colleges Three members appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott Two members appointed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Additionally: The bills would create the Texas Semicon- ductor Innovation Fund. Two members appointed by House Speaker Dade Phelan
STATE SEN. PAUL BETTENCOURT Houston Republican Elected: 2014
Senate Bill 1474 would change the special education allotment for public schools to a system consisting of seven weighted funding tiers based on the intensity of services students need. It would also create an education savings account program for students with disabilities, giving families $7,250 per year, per child, for education-related expenses. Additionally, this bill could launch a grant program incentivizing retired teachers to return to public education to teach special education students. Sign up for our newsletter at communityimpact.com for daily updates throughout the session. SUBSCRIBE TODAY
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Samsung in Central Texas and Texas Instruments in North Texas. State leaders have said they hope to maintain that trend and make Texas an international leader in the semiconductor industry through the Texas CHIPS Act.
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Jersey Village residents can vote at any polling place in Harris County, including Jersey Village City Hall at 16327 Lakeview Drive, Jersey Village. Visit www.harrisvotes.com for a full list of polling sites.
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Jersey Village mayor
Why are you running to be the mayor of Jersey Village?
What are the biggest challenges facing the city, and how would you address them? While Jersey Village has been fortunate to not experience any signicant ooding since 2016, it remains the city’s greatest challenge. Since I joined our City Council, we have succeeded in obtaining $14.7 million in state and federal grants for ood mitigation projects. We still have much work to do, and I want to continue • Speeding: More police monitoring trac at known trouble areas. • Wasteful spending: I will question every penny spent getting the best value for their hard earned monies and hold government accountable. • Flooding: Seek better solutions than lifting houses 6 feet. • Code enforcement: Ensure the codes are enforced as written protecting property values. • Corruption: Publicize any and all businesses where council members directly or indirectly prot from contracts with the city. pursuing grant funding for additional projects to reduce the risk of ooding in our city.
What are your top priorities when it comes to new development in Jersey Village? Thanks to our economic development eorts and the sales tax revenue they have generated, we have been able to make signicant investments in law enforcement, re control and EMS without asking our citizens to pay more in property taxes. The average homeowner in Jersey Village pays less in property taxes to the city today than they did in 2017. My top priority is to continue that trend. • Document the vetting process for selecting developers. • Ensure the new development plans are viable by contacting the 50-plus developers. • No more apartments or a stadium. • Rebuild City Hall in current location.
Occupation: oil and gas compliance manager Relevant experience: Jersey Village mayor (2021-present), council member (2017-21) 713-515-2958 www.bobbywarren.org BOBBY WARREN
Two years ago, I was elected as the mayor of the city of Jersey Village with more votes than any other mayoral candidate in the city’s history. The encouragement of my neighbors to enter public service is what sparked my initial run for City Council in 2017, and that same support is what led to my decision to run for re-election.
JAMES “JIM” H. FIELDS II
We need to preserve our small-town way of life: friendly, quiet and safe for families. I am adamantly against more apartments, a stadi- um or moving City Hall across Hwy. 290.
Occupation: retired/ IT manager/software programmer Relevant experience: scally conservative; served on Planning & Zoning, Parks & Recre-
ation boards; 20+ years attending City Council; resident for 30+ years; managed million-dollar projects in private sector 713-466-0804 www.facebook.com/jim.elds.7355
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Brianne Benelli serves as general manager of the The Chateau, which is located in Cypress. (Courtesy The Springs Wedding & Event Venues)
The Chateau is one of 15 event venues owned by The Springs in Texas and Oklahoma. (Jovanna Aguilar/Community Impact)
TOP AMENITIES The Springs Wedding & Event Venues’ Cypress location oers indoor and outdoor wedding options with vendor exibility as well as:
The Springs Wedding & Event Venues Local wedding venue provides freedom to plan dream day A lthough there are 15 locations of The Springs Wedding & Event Venues through- out Texas and Oklahoma, General Manager and the grand ballroom. It oers indoor and outdoor ceremony options, has additional space upstairs and can host up to 320 guests. Benelli advises clients to book their event at BY JOVANNA AGUILAR
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Brianne Benelli said the Cypress location, known as The Chateau, has a more elegant atmosphere compared to the other more rustic locations. Benelli said she found her ideal career path in event management after spending some time working for several event coordinating companies. She took on her current role in January 2022. “It’s just been an overwhelmingly positive expe- rience to work here. This venue, and The Springs venues in general, somehow have the nicest brides, and it’s a real pleasure working with them on something they’re so excited about,” Benelli said. One of the venue’s primary attractions is the leni- ency in allowing clients to plan their weddings as they wish, as clients can bring their own vendors, she said. Pricing ranges from $5,500-$12,000. Benelli said the venue has also accommodated unique cultural elements, such as elephants, llamas, horses, Brazilian dance teams and lion dancers. The Chateau is modeled after centuries-old French castles. Notable features include the painted ceilings, dramatic double staircase entry
least a year in advance, and a year and a half prior if they want their event on a Saturday. Benelli said there has been a spike in wedding bookings following the peak of the pandemic, and every weekend in 2023 is already booked. Due to an increase in engagements during the holidays, most people request to book their event from November-January, and the busiest months for weddings are March, April, May, September, Octo- ber, November and December, according to Benelli. Some advice Benelli said she oers to anyone looking to plan a wedding is to have a budget and a wedding planner to ensure everything runs smoothly. Although wedding planners are not required, having someone to help with the plan- ning minimizes the stress, she said. Benelli emphasized the importance of keeping an open mind on the day of the wedding to ensure couples are able to enjoy their special day. “If you get too caught up in the aesthetics, you’re ultimately setting yourself up for not a great experience,” she said.
Event day venue attendant Two-hour photo appointments for engagement or bridal sessions
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The Springs Wedding & Event Venues 12612 Malcomson Road, Houston 281-881-7175 www.springsvenue.com/cypress Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (tours available by appointment)
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Shrimp wrap ($11.99): A wrap with shrimp, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and garlic jalapeno ranch dressing.
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Pipeline Po-Boy ($12.99): A fried shrimp sandwich is topped with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and remoulade sauce, and served with fries.
Vineyard House Salad ($10.99): Candied walnuts, bleu cheese and raspberry vinaigrette on a salad.
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Sharky’s American Grill Vintage Park eatery oers fun, oceanic atmosphere W ith an ocean-themed restaurant and menu, as well as a bar and patio, Sharky’s American Grill can be enjoyed
While Rosa handles the nances of their businesses, Ronald said he is passionate about designing the restaurants. Some of the restaurant’s most unique decor includes a large sh tank and a great white shark hanging from the ceiling, he noted. “We travel the world and in the United States as well, so we see concepts that seem attractive, and we always remember specic things from those concepts,” Ronald said. The Perezes, along with Rosa’s father, also own two other restaurants—Chimichurri’s South American Grill and J. Christopher’s Pizza-Pasta—both in the Kingwood area. Rosa’s father has worked in the restaurant industry for about 50 years. Despite the trio’s combined industry experience, Ronald said drawing patrons to the Vintage Park eatery has been a challenge. He said he hopes to get the word out so customers can experience the restaurant’s unique atmosphere and menu. “Sharky’s is a place where everybody can go, and we have something for every single group of people,” Ronald said.
by patrons of all ages, co-owner Ronald Perez said. “[Customers] have an option for the family, for the kids, for the couple, for the elders and also for the people who want to be in the bar. ... I believe Sharky’s [in] Vintage [Park] caters to every single group of customers that I’ve just mentioned,” Ronald said. Located in Vintage Park, Sharky’s American Grill is owned by husband and wife Ronald and Rosa Perez. The couple opened the eatery in August, while the original location—Sharky’s Waterfront Grill—opened in Kingwood in June 2019. Seasonal seafood selections as well as pasta, burgers and salads make up Sharky’s menu. A customer favorite is the “Shark Bites,” Rosa said, which are stued, fried shrimp served with chipotle sauce. Sharky’s also has wine, beer and cocktails, such as “Shark-tinis,” “Shark-a-ritas” and sh bowls, which serve two or more people.
Ronald and Rosa Perez opened Sharky’s American Grill in Vintage Park in August.
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Sharky’s American Grill 126 Vintage Park Blvd., Ste. 126B, Houston 713-257-5200 www.sharkysvintagepark.com Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
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