EDUCATORS TO BE HONORED
A New Educators Luncheon, hosted by the Crosby-Huffman Chamber, will honor all educators new to the Crosby and Huffman school districts Aug.16 at Crosby Church, located at 5725 Hwy. 90. It begins at 11:30 a.m. Marsala’s Italian Grill will cater and tickets are $16.50. Call 2981-328-6984 to reserve a seat.
See the latest in Candie’s eyewear at a special trunk show at Atascocita TSO Saturday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be door prizes and fun. TSO is located at 7561 FM 1960 East Ste. 170. Call 281-360-5151 for more information.
POE TO SPEAK AUG. 22
U.S. Congressman Ted Poe will give a legislative update at the Lake Houston Area Chamber’s Focus on Federal Government luncheon Tuesday, Aug. 22, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Walden Country Club. $30 for Chamber members; $35 for guests. Registration can be done online at lakehouston.org and is due by Friday, Aug. 18. For more information, call 281-446-2128.
GRANT DEADLINE NEARS
The City of Houston is asking homeowners whose homes have flooded for information so that the city can apply for grants to elevate flood-prone homes. The city would submit a grant application on behalf of homeowners to FEMA for Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA). The deadline is Friday, Aug. 25 at 5 p.m. To learn more, visit houstonrecovers.org or attend the 2017 FMA Home Elevation Grant Informational Meeting Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m., at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, 1475 W. Gray St. in Houston.
MILLIONS IN TAX REVENUE DISTRIBUTED
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced recently that he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $679.9 million in local sales tax allocations for July, nine percent more than in July 2016, and $779.2 million for August, 1.3 percent more than in August 2016. These allocations are based on sales made in May by businesses that report tax monthly. The cities of Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Midland and Odessa saw noticeable increases in sales tax allocations, Hegar said.
KINGWOOD COTTAGE HAS NEW OWNER
Assisted Living by Unlimited Care Cottages announces the new ownership of Kingwood Cottage by Sandor Haraszti and Rabbi Joshua Nagel of Southwestern Care-Assisted Living of Kingwood, a privately owned, fully licensed personal care company. They are planning to remodel and expand the cottage to offer a total of 16 resident beds with private bathrooms, high ceilings and a refreshed interior design over the next six to nine months. It currently has approximately 3,800 square feet with six private bedrooms, two companion or shared rooms, and three large converted bathrooms. Kingwood Cottage is located at 1714 Chestnut Ridge. For more information, call 281-356-0123.
HCA PURCHASES HOSPITALS
HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division has announced the completion of the purchase of three area acute care hospitals and one long-term acute care hospital from Tenet Healthcare. In addition to the acquisition of Tomball Regional Medical Center earlier this year, HCA Gulf Coast Division has acquired Houston Northwest Medical Center, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Park Plaza Hospital and Plaza Specialty Hospital. HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division manages 15 community hospitals across the area, as well as three specialty hospitals near the Texas Medical Center, including The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, a joint venture with Texas Orthopedic Hospital and Plaza Specialty Hospital. The division also operates 10 freestanding emergency centers and nine ambulatory surgical centers.
“100 YEAR PLATE” OFFERED
One hundred years ago, when horse-drawn buggies and wagons still traveled dirt roads, the first metal license plates for automobiles were issued in Texas. To honor the century mark of Texas license plates, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles will offer a limited-edition, commemorative specialty plate starting in September. The 100 Year Plate features an image of the original registration insignia from 1917 as the centerpiece. The specialty plate will be available for a $30 fee in addition to the annual registration fee and may be issued to passenger cars and trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 18,000 lbs. or less. Beginning Sept. 1, customers may visit their local county tax assessor-collector office to order or go to txdmv.gov.