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Choosing Pearland Pearland Community Development Department also began the process of updating its comprehensive plan, which is a detailed document that gives a 20-year outlook of the city’s plans and was last updated in 2015. One of the city’s biggest goals is to create a diverse economy that boasts retail, restaurant, medical and indus- trial businesses, according to ocials with the Pearland Chamber of Com- merce and PEDC. Businesses drawn to city’s location, population BY ANDY YANEZ Throughout pandemic, Pearland continued to attract busi- nesses, in part due to its continued growing population and location among major thoroughfares, accord- ing to city ocials and commercial permit data. the 45

PLOTTING BUSINESS The city of Pearland has issued 92 new building commercial permits since 2019, which include the construction of new city facilities, retail stores, retail strip centers, restaurants, industrial businesses and oce spaces. KEY 2019: 20 permits 2020: 44 permits *2021: 28 permits

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Demographics, needs of area college students change during COVID19

body grew about 9% from fall 2016 to fall 2020. The under-18 portion of Alvin Community College’s stu- dent body grew about 10% from fall 2016 to fall 2020, despite total enrollment decreasing about 8.5% over that same period. ACC’s connections with various local college- and career-focused secondary schools have contributed to the student population getting younger, President Robert Exley said. He and Laurel Williamson, SJC’s deputy chancellor and college president, said there is an increased desire for high school students to get a head start on taking college courses. “I think that ... students in high schools want to get onto that college path more quickly,” Williamson said. CONTINUED ON 24

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Student populations at southeast Houston colleges are getting progressively younger. Enrollment at San Jacinto College steadily increased from fall 2016 to fall 2019, and the portion of under-age-18 students out of the total student

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NOWOPEN 1 Pearland Jiu-Jitsu on Sept. 13 began offering classes at the Pearland Recre- ation Center and Natatorium located at 4141 Bailey Road, Pearland. The business and recreation center offer Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes for children and adults. They also offer an anti-bullying program and a self-defense basics program. 713-965-7340. www.pearlandjiujitsu.com 2 Rooms To Go opened a new show- room location on Aug. 21 at 15424 S. Hwy. 288, Pearland. The chain store offers full living room, bedroom, dining room, patio and other furniture sets along with mattresses and home decor. The business has dozens of locations across the United States and Puerto Rico. 281-504-3811. www.roomstogo.com

3 JLB Eatery celebrated its opening with the Friendswood Chamber of Com- merce in early September. The restaurant at 145 N. Friendswood Drive, Friend- swood, serves burgers, fish and chips, Cajun wings, pork chops, quesadillas, steak fries, wraps and other dishes. 281-816-5003. www.thejlbeatery.com 4 Wellness Infusion Specialists opened Sept. 11 at 3129 Kingsley Drive, Ste. 740, Pearland. The owners’ goal is to treat mental and physical ailments by offering various infusions for customers, including ones that ease chronic pain, bolster mental health and boost immune systems, accord- ing to the business website. 281-310-0150. www.wellnessinfusionspecialists.com 5 Brookside Village Farmer’s Market on Oct. 10 held its first market at E.A. Lawhon Elementary School, located at 5810 Brookside Road, Pearland. The

farmers market will be held every second Sunday of the month going forward from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and it will focus on local food producers and area backyard gardeners, said Alex Hancock, treasurer for Brookside Village Farmers Market. The next farmers market will be Nov. 14. www.brooksidevillagemarket.com 6 Oasis Nail Spa Pearland on Aug. 27 opened its location at 9330 Broadway St., Ste. 224, Pearland. The nail spa provides nail designs, manicures, spa pedicures, waxing, facials and other services, includ- ing free Wi-Fi. 832-230-8992. www.oasisnailspapearland.com 7 Old Pearland Farmers Market on Oct. 16 held its first farmers market under the pavilion at Independence Park, locat- ed at 3449 Pearland Parkway, Pearland. Old Pearland Farmers Market will contin- ue to have markets every third Saturday

of the month from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. featuring local vendors, fresh produce, and other features and amenities. www.facebook.com/old-pearland- farmers-market-100507415655430 8 Southside Boardshop opened at 19760 I-45 S., Webster, inside Baybrook Square, in August. Owner Eric Visentin began skating in the late 1980s in his hometown in Seabrook and bought a south Houston skate park in 2007. The business has grown, and the new location is a full-service skate shop that sells apparel and gear, and repairs skate- boards. The shop’s Webster location is its third. 832-932-5010. www.southsideskatepark.com Junkluggers of League City & Pearland opened Sept. 14. While it does not have a local address, the business serves Pearland, Houston, League City, Seabrook

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fer personalized living, assisted living and memory care services. Its leasing office at B 11200 Broadway St., Ste. 910, Pearland, will open in November 2021. Vineyard also has locations in Georgia, South Carolina and Nevada. 832-460-5901. www.vineyardseniorliving.com/pearland RELOCATIONS 12 Legacy Home Decor on Oct. 16 reopened at a new location: 2202 N. Park Ave., Pearland. The new address is a mile from where the business was before the owners lost their retail lease and were forced to move to online selling only. Leg- acy Home Decor sells furniture, wreaths, handmade signs, candles, holiday decora- tions and other decor. 281-740-4403. 13 The Houston-Galveston Area Council , a regional organization, celebrated its 55th anniversary this October. Created in 1966, the council works with local governments to help solve problems that arise in the 13 counties covered in the Houston-Galves- ton area, including Brazoria, Galveston and Harris, among others. H-GAC is located at 3555 Timmons Lane, Ste. 100, Houston. 713-627-3200. www.h-gac.com 14 Spice Buddy Den & Grill on Sept. 14 celebrated its one-year anniversary at 9603 Broadway St., Ste. 105, Pearland. Spice Buddy Den & Grill offers a variety of food, including cheesesteaks, cheeseburg- ers, wings and funnel cakes. www.facebook.com/spicebuddyden www.shoplegacydecor.com ANNIVERSARIES

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FEATURED IMPACT IN THE NEWS The Houston Airport System and the Houston 2026 World Cup Bid Committee on Oct. 12 unveiled a massive mural at William P. Hobby Airport, 7752 Brani St., Houston. Titled “Gateway to the World,” the 10,000-square-foot mural was painted by Houston street artist Mario Figueroa Jr., also known by his artist name GONZO247, and six other local artists. The mural is on a building south of Hobby Airport, and it is visible from multiple takeo and landing spots. Houston aims to bid to be one of the 10 cities that will host 2026 FIFA World Cup matches. Fédération Internationale de Football Association will be visiting potential host cities in November, with hopes of a nal decision coming in by mid-2022, per the FIFA website. “[The mural] represents the spirit of Houston, which is evidenced by all the work that went into this collaboration,” said Chris Canetti, president of the Houston 2026 World Cup Bid Committee, at the mural unveiling. The artwork took about six weeks to complete and incorporated paint, spray paint and paint markers. Some of the main features of the piece include the Astrodome, the Houston skyline and an astronaut holding a soccer ball.

The hope is the mural will show Houston is well-equipped to handle being one of the chosen cities, said Alton DuLaney, curator of public art at the Houston Airport System. “We really wanted to create something monumental to show that everything is bigger in Texas. Our murals are bigger in Texas, and our soccer matches can be bigger right here in Houston, Texas,” he said.

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TXU Energy will present its 10th annual Houston Zoo Lights for the holiday season. During this event, attendees will walk through the zoo after hours and see multiple light exhibits. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Prices vary. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 713-533-6500. www.houstonzoo.org

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The Friendswood Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate its 13th annual Santa in the Park event. This event will allow participants to take photos with Santa, see a 20-foot-tall Christmas tree get lit and enjoy live music. 3-8 p.m. $10 for activities. Stevenson Park, 1100 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. 281-996-3220. www.ci.friendswood.tx.us

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at Baybrook Mall, 500 Baybrook Mall Drive, Friendswood. 281-667-9100. www.friendswoodarts.com 28 BUY HOLIDAY CRAFTS Pearland Market Days will be having its fourth annual holiday craft fair and vendor show. The event will showcase local vendors, and families will be able to take a free photo with Santa with a donation of canned goods or books. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Pearland VFW Hall, 4202 W. Walnut St., Pearland. 281-997-1097. www.facebook.com/ vfwpost7109 DECEMBER 03 CELEBRATE THE SEASON The Pearland Parks and Recreation Department will team up with Pearland Town Center to put on the annual Hometown Christmas Festival. The city will have multiple food booths as well as an ice skating rink and carriage rides. 7-10 p.m. Free. Independence Park, 3449 Pearland Parkway, Pearland. 281-412-8900. www.pearlandtx.gov 04 DRIVE THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS Pearland will host its 39th annual Hometown Christmas Parade, which will include marching drill teams, classic cars and oats. Those wishing to be part of the parade can apply at the website. 6 p.m. Free. Parade starts at Old Alvin Road and ends at Pearland Parkway. 281-412-8900. www.pearlandtx.gov

COMPILED BY SIERRA ROZEN NOVEMBER 07 THROUGHDEC. 26 PURCHASE FARMFRESH FOOD Every Sunday, the Baybrook Mall hosts its Bay Area Farmer’s Market for the surrounding cities. Attendees have the opportunity to support local farmers and vendors while shopping for fresh produce. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Baybrook Mall, 500 Baybrook Mall Drive, Friendswood. 281-667-9100. www.visitbayareahouston.com 13 THROUGH 14 SEE LIVEMUSIC Bud Light Seltzer, Go Texan and Outlaw Nation will be hosting the Houston- Pearland Music and Arts Festival this year. The festival will feature multiple concerts for people to attend as well as a car show and antique market, among other attractions. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free (age 12 and younger), $10 (in advance), $15 (day of). Independence Park, 3449 Pearland Parkway, Pearland. 281-412-8900. www.houstonartsfestival.com 20 THROUGH 21 SUPPORT LOCAL ART Nonprot organization Friendswood Fine Arts is putting together its Art on the Lawn festival. The event aims to showcase and raise money for local art in the community. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Nov. 20), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Nov. 21). Free. The Lawn

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Inattentive Texas drivers can now be criminally charged if they injure or kill a pedestrian in a crosswalk, according to Senate Bill 1055, one of the more than 600 new Texas laws A BILL BECOMES LAW Drafted by Brian Middleton, Fort Bend County district attorney, Senate Bill 1055 makes it possible to charge negligent motorists who injure or kill pedestrians in a crosswalk with a criminal offense. MARCH 3: legislation is filed APRIL 19: passes the Texas Senate with a vote of 31-0 MAY 14: passes the Texas House with a vote of 70-57, with two lawmakers present but not voting JUNE 18: Gov. Greg Abbott signs SB 1055 SEPT. 1: law goes into effect SOURCES: FORT BEND COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, TEXAS LEGISLATURE ONLINE/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

that went into effect Sept. 1. Also called the Lisa Torry Smith Act, the new law was inspired by the 2017 death of a Missouri City woman who died after being hit in a crosswalk while taking her son to school, according to a Texas Depart- ment of Transportation press release. The driver who hit Torry Smith and injured her son was fined $50, but they did not face criminal charges. “For us, [this law] is the best thing that could have come out of a tragedy,” Torry Smith’s husband, Elliot Smith, said in audio provided by TxDOT. “There’s accountability now. [Before this law], the accountability was on the pedestrian to essentially make sure you don’t get hit by a car. ... This law puts the impetus on drivers now to pay attention, to slow down and look for people in crosswalks.” After her death, a grand jury did not prosecute the defendant in Torry Smith’s case, prompting Brian Middleton, Fort Bend County district attorney, to draft the legislation.

Middleton said the law aims to clarify the definition of criminal negligence as it pertains to collisions in a crosswalk. Under the new law, if a driver causes bodily injury to a pedestrian, they can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. If the colli- sion causes severe injury or death, the driver can be charged with a state jail felony, Middleton said. Middleton said the law updated the Texas Transportation Code to require drivers to stop and yield to pedestri- ans legally using a crosswalk. Pedestrian deaths account for one in five of all traffic fatalities, and the number of pedestrian fatalities from vehicular crashes rose 5% from 2016-20, according to TxDOT. “We’re hoping these efforts raise people’s awareness that when they are approaching a crosswalk area, they need to slow down; be observant; and check the area for pedestrians, cyclists and people with motorized mobility devices,” Middleton said.

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GOVERNMENT Friendswoodmakes progress on several flood-mitigation projects

PROJECT DETAILS The city of Friendswood is in the process of completing six different drainage projects across the city.

FM 1959 DETENTION BASIN

FOREST BEND PARK DETENTION BASIN

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FOREST BEND PARK

Located along FM 528 in Forest Bend Park, the 53-acre-foot pond will include concrete trails with solar lighting for the park. The city is also making headway on four other projects to mitigate flooding in alternative ways. Construction on the $1.5 million Clear Creek utility relocation project is set for a late summer completion. The project, located by the Polly Ranch subdivision’s park, will relocate three utility lines by a public bridge that all have been at risk for flooding damage, according to Arias. Additionally, five flood-prone townhomes in Frenchman’s Creek, along Moss Point Drive, are set to be demolished to make way for green space. There is no estimated cost or timeline yet, Arias said. “The Frenchman’s Creek town- homes incurred repetitive losses from past flooding events and were

The city of Friendswood is making headway on six upcoming drainage and flood-mitigation projects, two of which will build stormwater deten- tion basins in the city. One project is the FM 1959 detention basin near the border of Friendswood and Pearland; the basin, which will cost $30 million to $36 million and has no set timeline yet, will be built along Clear Creek by Dixie Farm Road Park, Friendswood Director of Engineering Jildardo Arias said in an email. The basin will reduce Friend- swood’s flood risk as well as provide recreational opportunities, Arias said. Meanwhile, the $3.5 million Forest Bend Park detention basin is nearing the end of its engineering phase. Once engineering is complete, construction is set to take about a year, Arias said.

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inundated during Hurricane Harvey,” he said. The city is still in the process of buying 18 lots in the flood-prone Deepwood area close to Clear Creek. Costs are not expected to exceed $236,369.

The city also finished the flood-control aspect of the Imperial Estates project this past summer but is still completing some construction details, according to Arias. The city plans to terrace the areas in Imperial Estates that regularly flood.

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GOVERNMENT Federal report ndsmorework needed to prevent winter power outages

REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has made nine key objectives to avoid a storm shutting down Texas’ power grid again. • Revise reliability standards to weatherize generators • Compensate generator owners for the cost of building units to withstand the cold • Implore government regulators to require gas facilities to have cold weather preparedness plans • Ask natural gas facilities to weatherize equipment • Establish a forum to discuss how to improve natural gas infrastructure reliability • Identify and communicate reliability risks of natural gas fuel contracts • Host joint technical conference to discuss improving generator winter readiness • Perform inspections and maintenance of freeze protection measures • Reconsider inputs to winter season anticipated reserve margin calculations

BY DARCY SPRAGUE

protect cold weather-critical com- ponents; building new or retrotting existing units to operate in extreme temperatures; taking into account eects of wind and precipitation in winterization plans; and ensuring the system operator is aware of the operating limitations in the generating eet so it can plan mitigating actions. According to the report, the Febru- ary storm was the largest controlled load shed—meaning companies reduced power availability more severely than ever before—and the third-worst blackout in the country. Sta found February’s storm was the fourth in 10 years that threatened bulk power production. While many power-generating companies were warned in early Feb- ruary about the weather, many still were unprepared for the severity of the storm later that month, according to the report. In Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana,

Preliminary ndings from federal regulators indicate more needs to be done to weatherize the Texas power grid to prevent an outage similar to the one that happened in February. Sta from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corp. drafted a report after reviewing the multiday outages Texas faced. “We can’t allow this to happen again. This time, we must take these recommendations seriously, and act decisively, to ensure the bulk power system doesn’t fail the next time extreme weather hits,” FERC Chair Rich Glick said in a press release. The team drafted a list of 28 recom- mendations with suggested deadlines ranging fromNovember 2021 to November 2023. The report lists its nine key objec- tives, such as revisions to require generator owners to identify and

SOURCE: FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSIONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Winter StormUri in February left millions of Texans without power for hours or days. COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER FILE PHOTO

natural gas production was reduced by more than 50% compared to its production levels earlier that month. That loss accounted for 80% of the total power reduction seen through- out the country Feb. 15-20. In Texas, the available power

during those days was half what it would normally be. According to the report’s authors, this loss was due in large part to freezing infrastructure; much of the Southern U.S. genera- tors’ infrastructure is exposed to the elements.

GROW WITH THE Y. The benefits of team sports span much further than just exercise. Through youth sports at the Y, your child works with a coach as a mentor and role model who helps them build self-esteem through positive coaching experiences. Because COACHING CONFIDENCE our youth sports offer more than fun. They provide a path with a purpose.

Help them be a team player at ymcahouston.org/sports

YMCA Mission: To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Everyone is welcome.

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