Wednesday, Oct. 19, was a good day for Rotary and the Rotary Club of Humble as six new members have the opportunity to give back to the community. Pictured from left are Pete Baczynski, Chris Elliott, Janna Watson, Rotary President Pam McNair, Jackie Younger, Chelsea Robbins-McGhinnis and Cole Robbins. It was a busy day as they were inducted and the Rotary pins were “attached.”
WOODLAND HILLS PROJECT UNDERWAY
Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman has started phase one of construction on the Woodland Hills Drive project. The $1.1 million improvement includes the addition of a two-lane concrete section to the existing roadway, resulting in a complete four-lane boulevard from Beltway 8 to near Ridge Creek Elementary. “This portion of the two-phased project is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2017,” said Morman. Phase two of the project includes the construction of a new four-lane concrete boulevard from Ridge Creek Elementary heading north to the Atascocita Forest subdivision, as well as the construction of a four-lane bridge over Williams Gully. Currently estimated at $9.5 million, the joint effort between Harris County Precincts 2 and 4 is expected to be complete and open to the Beltway in the fourth quarter of 2017.
TEXAS CASH REPORT AVAILABLE
The State of Texas Annual Cash Report for fiscal year 2016 is now available. The report presents the state’s financial position and details revenues and expenditures on a cash basis, as required by Government Code, Section 403.013. To read the report, go to comptroller.texas.gov/transparency/reports/cash-report.
SLIM CHICKENS TO OPEN
Slim Chickens opened the third location in the Houston market and the first in Humble on Monday, Nov. 14, at 9255 FM 1960 Bypass Rd. The brand opened its first area location in 2015 and has seen rapid success. They are now looking to open as many as 10 restaurants in Houston over the next three years. Visit website slimchickens.com.
SHIPT NOW IN HUMBLE AND KINGWOOD
The portion of the Houston area where H-E-B grocery delivery service is available has expanded. Shipt, the app-based grocery delivery service based in Birmingham, Ala. that partners with the retailer, began service Nov. 3 in expanded areas on the east, southeast, northern and west sides of the Houston metro area, according to the company's website. Areas in the expansion zone include Humble and Kingwood. New registrants get $25 off first orders. Visit shipt.com for details.
THE MAIN EVENT
Main Event Entertainment has cleared land in Humble at the northwest corner of U.S. Highway 59 and Townsen Boulevard near Costco. A large bowling alley complex will cover 50,000 square feet on the six-acre site. With state-of-the-art bowling, multi-level laser tag and more than 100 games – topped with handcrafted food and a full bar under one roof – the concept has many residents excited. This will be the fifth location in Houston. Visit website mainevent.com.
JASON’S DELI OFFERS 1976 PRICES
Nov. 30 marks the 40th anniversary of Jason’s Deli and to thank patrons, they will hold a Customer Appreciation Day on that day. Guests who buy any adult entree will get one of eight original menu items at its 1976 price. Jason’s Deli is located in Humble and Kingwood. Visit jasonsdeli.com for more information.
ROOMS TO GO
Rooms to Go, America's No.1 independent furniture retailer, is coming to Humble. Construction has begun immediately south of Planet Ford in Humble on US Hwy. 59 South. Rooms To Go Inc. is a Seffner, Florida-based furniture store chain with 226 stores operating in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Puerto Rico. The Humble location should be open by spring 2017.
Local business owners turned out to support the grand re-opening of Planet Beach in Kingwood, under new management since July. Planet Beach offers spa services such as massages, facials, full-body hydration, weight management and spray tanning.
ROTARY DONATES TO TEACHERS
The Rotary Club of Kingwood donated $900 worth of classroom supplies to the teachers at Foster Elementary in Kingwood Aug. 30. Teachers in the U.S. spend an average of $513 out-of-pocket on classroom supplies, instructional materials, books for their classrooms, and professional development. Kingwood Rotary supports local public education and encourages other organizations to support a local school in Humble ISD. From left: Diana Zelezinski, principal; Carolyn Wise, Kingwood Rotarian; Anne Margaret Gomez, counselor; Cindy Barker, assistant principal; and Dei Murray, Kingwood Rotarian.
STATE TAX BREAKS NEW GROUND
State Tax Advisors recently celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for its new headquarters. The new facility sits on two acres in Kingwood Place West, the rapidly expanding commercial and residential corridor west of I-69 between Sorters-McClellan Road and Northpark Drive. The complex will have a campus feel with crushed granite walkways and a fishing pond. “One of our goals with the new facility is to invest in the community through employment with our bigger facility. We’re hoping to double our headcount in three to five years,” said Managing Partner Riley Epps. The firm looks forward to occupying its new offices, located at 23740 Woodford Place Dr., in the late spring or early summer of 2017.
COUNTY TO OPEN NEW 911 CALL CENTER
The Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) recently broke ground on a new state-of-the-art call center in the East Aldine District that will span 40,000 square feet and include 50 call stations. Featuring an energy-efficient design that can withstand hurricane force winds, the center will be able to maintain round-the-clock operations and handle 911 communications such as text messages, photos, and videos delivered over the Internet. Every year, the HCSO answers approximately one million 911 and 500,000 non-emergency calls in unincorporated areas of the county. The call center will be complete in about 18 months.
HOUSTON LAUNCHES GREEN CHALLENGE
The City of Houston has launched the 2016 Houston Green Office Challenge, a 10-week voluntary program to recognize businesses and green buildings in the community. Now in its fifth year, the challenge provides training and resources to help building owners, property managers, management districts, and tenants reduce energy and water consumption, increase waste diversion, promote transportation options, and increase engagement between property managers and tenants. The program will focus on activities drawn from seven main categories: education and outreach; energy efficiency; water conservation; materials and waste; interiors, exteriors and purchasing; transportation; and stakeholder engagement. Completing activities earns points, and points move participants up a leader board, with top performers rewarded with prizes and public recognition. It ends Dec. 12. For more information, visit houstongoc.org.