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Workforce education enrollment spikes during pandemic School districts, colleges expand career, technical education oerings BY HANNAH ZEDAKER As the owner of ExtremeAir Conditioning Services, Chris Walters said it was hard to nd employees who had proper training prior to on-the-job experience. As a solution, he decided to close his business and channel his 40 years of experience into educating others. Walters opened The Training Center of Air Conditioning & Heating o Strack Road in 2015. “We’re making an impact around this area because now, there’s hardly a day that goes by that I don’t get a call from a contractor that says, ‘Hey, I hired one of your students, and now your school is the only place I want to go [to hire employees],’” he said. Walters’ story is indicative of the recent growth of workforce education programs in the Spring and Klein area. According to the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 2019 ve-year estimates, 8.55% of the CONTINUED ON 20

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called electrolysis. The service can be utilized by people of any gender on most parts of the body, including eyebrows, the upper lip, the chin, the abdomen, thighs, arms and legs. 346-298-1172. www.bcelectrolysis.weebly.com 4 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened Deseret Industries thrift store and donation center April 15 at 8625 FM 1960, Houston. Ocials said the store carries various products for the home and family, and items not sold in store are sent o for humanitarian relief. Employment resources and development counseling services are on site. 346-214-7453. Northwest Assistance Ministries to launch mobile showers and hygiene stations every Monday. It aims to improve the quality of life for homeless individuals by promoting full-body wellness and empowering clients to take accountability of their own health. The program launched May 10 at NAM, located at 15555 Kuykendahl Road, Houston. 832-790-7499. www.movingwaters-houston.org COMING SOON 6 Wet My Plant owners Jessica Cohen and Colin Gardipee plan to open the second location of their Houston-based indoor plant nursery June 1 in Old Town Spring. Located at 26303 Preston Ave., Ste. C, Spring, Wet My Plant will oer a wide selection of tropical plants, cacti, succulents and more. Pots, planters, soil and fertilizers will also be available for www.deseretindustries.org 5 Houston-based nonprot Moving Waters partnered with

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NOWOPEN 1 Beard Papa’s , a cream pu bakery, celebrated the grand opening of its new location in The Market at Springwoods Village on May 8. Beard Papa’s allows patrons to build their own cream pus by choosing from eight types of cream pu shells and eight cream lling avors. The new business is located at 2174 Spring Stuebner Road, Ste. 360, Spring, and

also oers desserts, including chocolate fondant, cheesecake and creme brulee as well as blended cream drinks. 281-651-5727. www.beardpapas.com 2 Charming Charlie opened inside Willowbrook Mall near Dillard’s at 2000 Willowbrook Drive, Ste. 1112, Houston, in late March. While the retail clothing store led for bankruptcy in mid-2019 and closed all of its locations, the company announced plans later that

year to open 15 new stores, including a location inside Willowbrook Mall. The store is known for its color-coordinated in-store setup of clothes, shoes, jewelry and other accessories. 855-655-8972. www.charmingcharlie.com 3 Beauty & Condence Electrolysis ocially opened April 1 at 5529 Louetta Road, Ste. A, Spring, after soft opening Feb. 28. Owner Angie Quiroz said she oers a permanent hair removal process

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purchase. 281-323-4898. www.wetmyplanthouston.com 7 House of Roux plans to open in Old Town Spring in mid-May. Located at 317 Gentry St., Spring, the new cafe will oer traditional Cajun cuisine for lunch and dinner with menu items ranging from boudin to gumbo pie—a House of Roux original. Owned by Abbey Hebert and Cody Nicholson, House of Roux’s dishes are inspired by the avors found in Hebert’s hometown, located in 8 Dutch Bros Coee will open two Greater Houston-area coee shops this summer at A 19366 I-45, Spring, and at B 5258 FM 2920, Spring. The Oregon-based drive-thru coee company serves specialty coee, smoothies, freezes, teas, a private-label Dutch Bros Blue Rebel energy drink and nitrogen-infused cold brew coee. The new locations will be locally operated by Todd Sesock. www.dutchbros.com 9 The Oces at Vintage Marketplace are under construction near the intersection of Louetta and Cutten roads. Four buildings totaling 9,000 square feet are split into four units. Owners can customize ooring, cabinetry and other nishes, according to Read King Commercial Real Estate. The standard unit features a reception area, conference and break rooms, three oces and Louisiana’s Acadia Parish. www.houseofroux.com 10 Caliber Solutions is slated open at 1700 City Plaza Drive, Spring, in the CityPlace 1 oce building in Springwoods Village. The technology advisory and professional services rm will occupy 4,475 square feet on the fourth oor. Information on when the business will open was not released by press time. 713-244-5483. www.calibersol.com 11 Continental Land & Fur Co. will join the CityPlace 1 oce building located at 1700 City Plaza Drive, Spring. The independent oil and gas producer will occupy 5,273 square feet on the third oor. Information on when the business will open was not released by press time. 281-873-9378. www.clf-co.com Armored Sports , a new Christian sports camp for youth, is launching this summer storage space. 713-782-9000. www.read-king.com/theoces

in churches across the Greater Houston area, including in Spring. Byron Bray II and Tim Robinson co-lead interactive programming focused on sports ranging from ag football to basketball and dodgeball with biblical teaching for children ages 3 1/2-12. COVID-19 safety

protocols will be in place. www.armored-sports.com RELOCATIONS

12 Smilecrafters Dental relocated March 8 from 18425 Champion Forest Drive, Ste. 220, Spring, to 8312 Louetta Road, Ste. D, Spring. The dental practice is led by Dr. Kranh Tran and oers a variety of services ranging from teeth cleanings and whitening to dental

Houston Push will play all home games at Fallbrook Church, eective April 14.

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FEATURED IMPACT IN THE NEWS Houston Push , one of the newest professional basketball teams in The Basketball League, has named Fallbrook Church as its home site, according to an April 15 news release. This means Houston Push will play all home games at the Spring-area church, which is located at 12512 Walters Road, Houston, eective April 14. “The Basketball League is a professional basketball league with 35 teams, Push being the 33rd team operating in North America,” the release stated. “The Basketball League and [the] Houston Push mission is to provide a platform for players to showcase their talents while entertaining and servicing their community.” According to the release, the team was acquired earlier this year by

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Steve “Franchise” Francis, retired NBA All-Star and Houston Rockets player. The team is led by head coach and General Manager Martyn “Moochie” Norris and assistant coach James White—both former NBA and Houston Rockets players. The Push played its rst set of home games at Fallbrook Church on April 16 and 18. Tickets for future home games will be sold at the door. 202-922-9138. www.thebasketballleague.net

13 Campioni Restaurant celebrated its 30th anniversary March 25. Located at 13850 Cutten Road, Houston, the locally owned Italian eatery opened in 1991 on FM 1960 and oers traditional Italian staples including seafood, chicken and veal entrees, gourmet pizzas and pastas as well as salads and desserts. Campioni also features banquet facilities that can seat up to 50 people and oers catering services. 281-893-2267. www.campioni-restaurant.com Benjamin and Rachael Covey celebrated the rst anniversary of their business, Fire Smart LLC , in May. Based from their home in Spring, Fire Smart is a re safety consulting and education company that serves the Greater Houston area. The business specializes in customized in-home consultations, during which families receive individualized re safety plan; re prevention safety measures; a re hazard evaluation; device recommendations and placement; and educational materials. 832-510-7205. www.resmartusa.com NEWOWNERSHIP 14 CDC Houston, a subsidiary of Coventry Development Corp.—the developer of Springwoods Village—

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has acquired The Mark at CityPlace Springwoods Village . Houston-based Martin Fein Interests Ltd., which purchased the site from CDC Houston in 2014, will continue to provide property management services, according to an April 6 news release. Located at 1600 Springwoods Plaza Drive, Spring, the 268-unit, six-story building features one-, two- and three-bedroom

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22 SUPPORT THE KOHRVILLE COMMUNITY The Kohrville Community Association hosts its annual fundraiser to support student scholarships and historical preservation eorts. Festival attractions include food trucks, a car show, a rae and children’s activities. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Windwood Presbyterian Church, 10555 Spring Cypress Road, Houston. 713-416-0094 or 281-450-1946. www.kohrvillecommunityassociation.com 29 GET FIT FOR FREE Everything But The Gym owner Jared Evans hosts the rst in a series of tness classes to teach participants how to workout safely and eectively with minimal equipment. Evans hosts a tness class on the last Saturday of each month. 9-10 a.m. Free. Meyer Park, 7700 Cypresswood Drive, Spring. 607-591-1655. www.everythingbutthegym.com 29 VISITWUNDERLICH FARM The Klein Historical Foundation hosts a Market and Museum Day at which attendees can explore history, shop vendors and interact with costumed interpreters. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (market), 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (museum). Free. Wunderlich Farm, 18218 Theiss Mail Route Road, Spring. 832-249-5800. www.kleinhistorical.org JUNE 18 WATCHAMOVIE UNDER THE STARS Families are invited to bring blankets, chairs and snacks to watch Disney’s animated lm “Aladdin.” The event includes take-home craft kits, and while registration is not required, space is limited. 7-10 p.m. Free. Collins Park, 6727 Cypresswood Drive, Spring. 281-353-8100. www.hcp4.net

OTHER EVENTS KICKERILLOMISCHER PRESERVE 20215 Chasewood Park Drive, Houston 281-353-8100 • www.hcp4.net May 18 Lakeside Library, 9:30-11 a.m. 19 Afternoon Canoe, 5-8 p.m. 26 Tales of the Moon, 6-8 p.m. June 05 Bug Lab I & II, 9-11 a.m. 14 Flag Day: ag retirement ceremony, 7-9 p.m. 16 Pet Rocks, 9-10:30 a.m. STAGEWORKS THEATRE 10760 Grant Road, Houston 281-587-6100 • www.stageworkshouston.org May 21-23 “Alice @ Wonderland,” 6 p.m. (May 21), noon (May 22), 3 p.m. (May 23). $20 June 4-6, 10-13 “Peter and the Starcatcher,” 7:30 p.m. (June 4-5 and 10-12), 3 p.m. (June 6 and 13). $18-$24 PLAYHOUSE 1960 6814 Gant Road, Houston 281-587-8243 • www.playhouse1960.com May 15-16, 22-23 “Shrek The Musical Jr.,” 3 p.m. $10-$12 May 28-29, June 4-6, 11-12 “Gypsy,” 8 p.m. (May 28- 29, June 4-5 and 11-12), 3 p.m. (June 6). $18-$21

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MAY 17 HONOR FALLEN LAWENFORCEMENT Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle and Judge Ted Poe, a former U.S. representative, host the seventh annual Police Memorial Ceremony to honor Texas law enforcement ocers who lost their lives in the line of duty. The virtual event is presented on the Precinct 4 Facebook page. 9-11 a.m. Free. 713-274-4050. www.facebook.com/hcprecinct4 The PawzUp DogFest returns to CityPlace Plaza featuring a variety of vendors selling dog treats, accessories and toys. The theme of this year’s event is Summer Lovin’, and leashed dogs are welcome to attend. 6-10 p.m. Free. CityPlace Plaza, 1250 Lake Plaza Drive, Spring. 713-840-2700. www.cityplacespringwoods.com (Courtesy CityPlace at Springwoods Village)

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES FM2920median improvements slated for February 2022 The Texas Department of Transportation plans to seek ENHANCING SAFETY

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construction bids in August for a project that will add raised medians and right turn lanes along portions of FM 2920 from the city of Tomball to I-45 in Spring, according to a prerecorded presentation TxDOT released April 27. The project spans from Dowdell Road in Tomball to I-45. The $3.8 million project proposes installing raised medians from east of the Grand Parkway to I-45 and adding right turn lanes at the intersections with Dowdell Road, Stuebner Airline Road, TC Jester Boulevard, Alvin Klein Road, Rhodes Road, Falvel Road and Inverness Crossing Boulevard, according to TxDOT’s presentation. Installing raised medians is anticipated to enhance safety as the crash rate throughout the project limits is “significantly higher” than the state’s average, according to the presentation. From 2016-20, nine fatalities from vehicle crashes were

The FM 2920 project will add raised medians and right turn lanes along portions of FM 2920 from I-45 in Spring to Dowdell Road in Tomball.

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recorded within the project limits, including two involving pedestrians, according to the presentation. Additionally, as there is a large number of driveways close together, the presentation stated the proposed medians would limit left turn opportunities and therefore reduce

the likelihood of crashes. TxDOT anticipates construction will begin in February 2022 and take 16 months to complete with the project wrapping up in June 2023. The improvement project is funded by state and federal dollars, according to the presentation.

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Today, the cemetery is home to several unmarked graves and serves as the nal resting place of former slaves, prominent Spring-area families and at least 29 veterans fromwars, including WorldWar I andWorldWar II, according to the OTSHCA. Spring Peaceful Rest Cemetery is nowmaintained by the OTSHCA, which hosts cleanup days and was instrumental in getting the cemetery’s historical designation. Although it was named a Historic Texas Cemetery in 2014, the coronavirus pandemic and marker complications faced by the Texas Historical Commission delayed the cemetery receiving its ocial marker until this year. “The goal of OTSHCA is to make this a beautiful resting place for the African American families of Old Town Spring Heights to come and visit their loved ones that are buried here,” OTSHCA President Gladys

Seven years after being designated a Historic Texas Cemetery by the Texas Historical Commission, Spring Peaceful Rest Cemetery received its ocial historical marker at a dedication ceremony April 18. Located o East Hardy Road about a mile north of Old Town Spring, the 3.75-acre plot of land was rst deeded to “the colored people of the Town of Spring” by J.C. Sellers for $1 on July 31, 1923, to be used as a cemetery or graveyard, according to the Old Town Spring Heights Community Association, or OTSHCA. For more than ve decades, the cemetery was known as the Colored People of Spring Cemetery, according to the OTSHCA, until 1975 when a cemetery committee was formed to maintain and restore the site and the committee voted to change the name to Spring Peaceful Rest Cemetery.

Community members gathered at a historical marker dedication ceremony April 18 at Spring Peaceful Rest Cemetery. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Residents can support the ongoing maintenance of Spring Peaceful Rest Cemetery in several ways.

Volunteer to assist with the OTSHCA’s next cemetery cleanup day May 22 from 9 a.m.-noon.

texting “OTSHCA” to 646-832-4848 visiting www.otshca.org mailing a donation to P.O. Box 1147, Spring, Texas, 77383

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Phillips said via email. Since its inception in 2006, the OTSHCA has had the cemetery surveyed, placed crosses on unmarked graves, erected a new cemetery sign, and removed underbrush and trash. Planned

improvements include installing new fencing, leveling the cemetery, locating unmarked graves, and raising and restoring headstones. “I must say it looks much better, but there is still much more work to do,” Phillips said.

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News from Spring, Klein & Cy-Fair ISDs

Spring, Klein ISDs announce virtual academies

COMPARE AND CONTRAST The fate of virtual academies proposed by both Spring and Klein ISDs will depend upon full funding from the Texas Legislature. KLEIN ISD’S VIRTUAL ACADEMY Grades: 3-12 Principal: Meagan White, current Blackshear Elementary School principal Learning format: synchronous Application process: yes Interaction with zoned campus: no Commitment required: one semester to one year SPRING ISD’S VIRTUAL ACADEMY Grades: 3-12 Principal: Stacy Rodgers Smith, current Dueitt Middle School principal Learning format: synchronous and asynchronous Application process: yes Interaction with zoned campus: yes Commitment required: one year

BY HANNAH ZEDAKER

education pathways. The new school will have its own class rank system and graduation, and KVA students will not interact with their zoned campus for any curriculum or extracurricular or club activities. Families will be required to make at least a semester-long commitment, if not the full year. Comparatively, SISD Superintendent Rodney Watson said the district’s new virtual academy would offer synchronous and asynchronous instruction while allowing students to stay connected with their zoned campus through virtual clubs and in-person extracurricular activities. The new program would also require a one-year commitment from families. According to an April 23 release, if Texas lawmakers adopt legislation to fund online academies, students interested in attending SISD’s new virtual academy will need to apply; the capacity will be limited to about 400 students. District officials sent a survey to all SISD families in early May to determine community interest.

SPRING&KLEIN ISDS Spring and Klein ISDs are both planning to open new tuition-free virtual schools in the 2021-22 school year, pending full funding from the Texas Legislature. Both districts will also continue offering in-person learning. While the virtual academies differ in multiple ways, both are open to students in third to 12th grades who meet specific criteria. KISD accepted student application attestations from April 23-May 5 for the Klein Virtual Academy. According to an April 19 release, the KVA will open with limited, open enrollment for KISD students as well as students from other school districts who are meeting grade-level readiness standards, have fewer than 10 absences, and are engaged and active learners. According to the KVA website, the new school will deliver curriculum in a synchronous format and include limited electives such as visual fine arts, off-campus athletics, and career and technical

SOURCES: SPRING ISD, KLEIN ISD/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Air Force Junior ROTC converts to Space Force

Cy-Fair ISD to receive $189Mfor recovery

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BY DANICA LLOYD

officials said. The distribution of the remaining money is dependent on approval by the U.S. Department of Education. According to data from the TEA, Cy-Fair ISD would receive an initial allocation of $126 million, and another $63 million is expected to be released later this spring. CFISD officials said the district has incurred nearly $227 million in unexpected pandemic-related expenses that could be covered through the stimulus money, from personal protective equipment to additional tutoring and accelerated learning programs.

Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees will meet at 6 p.m. June 21 and 24 at 10300 Jones Road, Houston. 281-897-4000. www.cfisd.net Klein ISD board of trustees will meet at 6 p.m. June 14 at 7200 Spring Cypress Road, Spring or 7500 FM 2920, Spring. 832-249-4000. www.kleinisd.net Spring ISD board of trustees will meet at 6 p.m. June 3 and at 7 p.m. June 8 and 22 at 16717 Ella Blvd., Houston. 281-891-6000. www.springisd.org Meetings will be recorded or livestreamed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

CY-FAIR ISD Public schools statewide will receive $11.2 billion in federal funding to address unexpected pandemic-related costs and learning loss, according to an April 28 press release from Gov. Greg Abbott’s office. This was part of the third round of federal stimulus funding from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, which was passed in March. It will be used in learning recovery efforts over the next three years. The Texas Education Agency opened grant applications April 29 for one-third of this funding, TEA

BY HANNAH ZEDAKER

KLEIN ISD This fall, Klein High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC will become the first Space Force Junior ROTC in Texas following selection by the U.S. Air Force, Klein ISD officials announced in a news release April 13. According to the release, units chosen for conversion needed to be in good standing, close to space facilities and be top performers. Klein High School’s Air Force JROTC is one of 10 units in the U.S. to be selected for conversion. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting will be held this fall.

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Historical foundationhopes to relocateMartinFrankHouse

BY HANNAH ZEDAKER

Wunderlich Farm Interactive History Park, where it can be preserved by the Klein Historical Foundation. However, Baird said relocating a roughly 180-year-old home is no small task, as the house must be cut into three parts for transport. Additionally, the relocation cost is estimated at $100,000, and as of April 29 the nonprot still needed to raise about $40,000. Upon relocation, the home will undergo extensive preservation work that may take up to 2 1/2 years depending on funding. The Klein Historical Foundation also has period pieces of furniture and a large collection of personal items, such as farming tools and the family carriage, from the Frank family to bring the house to life. “It’s not just a story; these people really existed; their ancestors and descendants still live here; so our goal is to make those stories come to life and make them real for people,” Baird said.

Klein Historical Foundation Director Steve Baird is spearheading an eort to raise $100,000 to relocate the Martin Frank House in hopes of preserving its history for generations to come. Built in the early 1840s, the Martin Frank House is the oldest standing structure still in the Klein community. According to Baird, the house was built and rst owned by the McDougle family before being rented to the Pevateaux family and purchased by the Frank family in the late 1880s, where they lived until the 1950s. “The mission behind the historical foundation is to preserve the culture and the heritage of the founding families that rst settled the area,” Baird said. “One of the ways we do that is by preserving the buildings.” Baird said the current property the Martin Frank House sits on o Stuebner Airline Road is for sale, prompting the need to relocate the home to the

TheMartin Frank House is the oldest standing structure still in the Klein area. (Courtesy Klein Historical Foundation) PRESERVING HISTORY There are several ways the community can support the Klein Historical Foundation’s eorts to relocate the Martin Frank House. Donations in any amount may be made via: • Venmo to @Wunderlich_Farm • PayPal to paypal.me/wunderlichfarm • Online at www.kleinhistorical.org • Mailed to The Klein Historical Foundation at 18218 Theiss Mail Route Road, Klein, Texas, 77389 SOURCE: KLEIN HISTORICAL FOUNDATION COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

County gives green light for drainage program

ExxonMobil resolves tax abatement default, moves employees fromSpring to TheWoodlands

BY HANNAH ZEDAKER

After reorganizing funds, the decit is less than $1 billion. According to budget department documents, the plan includes funding the subdivision drainage program with county road bonds or surplus revenue from the Harris County Toll Road Authority. Up to $545 million could be taken from HCTRA surplus. “The hope is that [the Texas General Land Oce] will come in and help us before we have to use either of those,” County Judge Lina Hidalgo said. County Engineer John Blount said 50%-80% of projects are slated to be under construction by the end of 2021. The subdivision drainage program will inish within three years.

On April 27, Harris County Commissioners Court updated its nancing plan and greenlighted all 91 projects in the county’s subdivision drainage program to reduce the ood risk for more than 45,000 homes countywide. The updated nancial framework frees up the funds allocated for the drainage program in the county’s $2.5 billion ood bond program so those funds can now be used on other ood-control projects. A March 9 presentation by the Harris County Budget Management Department showed a $1.4 billion funding decit across the county’s ood bond projects due to a lack of match funding it expected to be given by the federal government.

BY VANESSA HOLT

includes Montgomery County, unless it complied within 30 days. The abatements, which were approved in 2013, required the company to meet various job-creation requirements. Montgomery County and The Woodlands Township recently updated their abatement guidelines to state their employment goals in allowing abatements. Montgomery County’s resolution stated the county intends to be competitive in attracting businesses to locate or relocate to the area. ExxonMobil did not comment on what the move means for the Springwoods Village oce. Eva Vigh contributed to this report.

ExxonMobil resolved a default on a tax abatement agreement with Montgomery County by moving 477 employees from Springwoods Village to its Hughes Landing facilities in The Woodlands, county ocials said at a Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting April 27. The corporation failed to meet tax abatement agreements with Montgomery County and The Woodlands Township requiring it to have 470 employees at each of its buildings in The Woodlands, county ocials previously reported. It would have faced paying about $4 million to taxing entities, which

Gonzalez tapped for ICE director

Gonzalez was rst elected Harris County sheri in 2016 and re-elected in 2020. Prior to serving as sheri, Gonzales was a sergeant in the Houston Police Department and served on the hostage negotiation team and in the homicide division as an investigator, according to an April 27 news release. Gonzalez retired from the HPD in 2009 to serve three terms on Houston City Council for District H. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Houston Downtown and a master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas.

At a press conference April 27, Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia said Commissioners Court will nominate and conrm Gonzalez’s replacement. The appointee will serve as sheri following Gonzalez’s resignation until November 2022, when the current term ends and the position will be up for election. “There will be no doubt—assuming that he is conrmed—that his replacement will denitely inherit a well-run, well-respected professional law enforcement organization,” Garcia said.

BY HANNAH ZEDAKER

President Joe Biden nominated Harris County Sheri Ed Gonzalez April 27 as the new director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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As of press time, there was no word on when Gonzalez will be conrmed by the Senate.

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Visit dozens of local shops and vendors selling antiques, artwork, seasonal decor, furniture and clothing. SHOP www.exploreroundtop.com/shop Hours: vary by storefront 2 The Stone Cellar & Round Top Dance Hall Enjoy live music every weekend, freshly baked pizza, and an extensive wine and craft beer menu. ART FOOD 550 N. Washington St., Round Top 9792493390 www.stonecellarwines.com Two historic buildings house antique and contemporary quilt art with a ower garden located outside. A+ 140 W. Colorado St., La Grange 9799683104 • www.texasquiltmuseum.org Hours: Thu.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sun.-Wed. GALVESTON COUNTY 4 Ghost Tours of Galveston Several ghost tour options for all ages are available at sites throughout the island. A+ Various locations, Galveston 4093569266 www.ghosttoursofgalvestonisland.com Hours vary by tour 5 Moody Gardens Hours: Thu. 510 p.m., Fri. 511 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. noon-9 p.m., closed Mon.-Wed. 3 Texas Quilt Museum Moody Gardens features an aquarium, 3D and 4D theaters, the Discovery Museum, golf and a spa. A+ FOOD 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston 4097444673 www.moodygardens.com Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily 6 Moody Mansion One of many historic homes in Galveston, the Moody Mansion is open for public tours. ART A+

Pleasure Pier

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WASHINGTON COUNTY 14 Blue Bell Creameries Grab a scoop of ice cream, shop in the country store and learn more about Blue Bell in the visitor center. A+ FOOD 1101 S. Blue Bell Road, Brenham 8003278135 www.bluebell.com/the-little-creamery Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sat.-Sun. 15 Brenham Art Walk Appreciate murals on a stroll throughout the downtown streets of Brenham in Washington County. ART OUT 115 W. Main St., Brenham • 9793377580 http://link.visitbrenhamtexas.com/artwalkmap Visitors can participate anytime 16 Pleasant Hill Winery Sample award-winning wines and light bites along the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. FOOD OUT 1441 Salem Road, Brenham 9798308463 • www.pleasanthillwinery.com Hours: Sat.-Sun. noon-5 p.m., closed Mon.-Fri. 17 Star of the Republic Museum and Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site Learn about early Texas history at the site of the 1836 signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence. A+ 2320023400 Park Road 12, Washington 9368782214 • www.thc.texas.gov/historic-sites Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (state historic site), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (museum)

10 Houston Zoo Visit more than 6,000 animals, feed giraes and take part in socially distanced animal encounters . A+ FOOD OUT 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston 7135336500 www.houstonzoo.org Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily 11 Museum District Spend the day touring museums in the heart of Houston, highlighting art, science, history and culture. ART A+ 1300 McGowan St., Ste. 129, Houston 7137151939 www.houmuse.org Hours vary 12 Old Town Spring Old Town Spring is home to several businesses, museums, art galleries, retailers and dining options. ART FOOD SHOP 26302 Preston Ave., Spring 2813539310

2618 Broadway Ave. J, Galveston 4097627668 • www.moodymansion.org Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily 7 Pleasure Pier This waterfront destination features dining options, roller coasters, a carousel and other rides. FOOD OUT 2501 Seawall Blvd., Galveston 4097664950 www.pleasurepier.com Hours: Sun. noon-9 p.m., Mon.-Thu. 49 p.m., Fri. 210 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m. (eective June 1) 8 Schlitterbahn Waterpark Bring the whole family to slide, swim, oat and lounge at the 26-acre water park. FOOD OUT 2109 Gene Lucas Blvd., Galveston 4097709283 www.schlitterbahn.com/galveston Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (open daily May 31Aug. 15, open select weekends in May, August and September) GREATERHOUSTON 9 Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures Entertainment includes a water park, ax throwing, rock mining, gator handling and

www.oldtownspring.com Hours vary by business 13 Space Center Houston

See spacecrafts, a collection of spacesuits, live presentations and exhibits highlighting NASA missions. A+ 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston 2812442100 www.spacecenter.org Hours vary

aerial activities. FOOD OUT 23101 Hwy. 242, New Caney 8325091556 www.bigriverswaterpark.com

Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (open daily May 31- Aug. 15, open select weekends year round)

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